Politics

Police to recruit civil protection volunteers next month

Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak says that the police will start recruiting volunteers next month for the government’s civil protection work, pledging that the authorities will ensure the volunteers’ safety while participating in civil protection.

2 Dec, 2020

Qingmao checkpoint project to be completed in 2021 Q2

Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak said on Monday’s Q&A session that the government expects the Qingmao border checkpoint project to be completed in the second quarter of next year.

2 Dec, 2020

Same standards for HK & Macao for national security

Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak said that while Hong Kong and Macao have adopted different ways to accomplish their respective duties to protect national security, both SARs share the same required standards for safeguarding it.

1 Dec, 2020

Liaison Office hopes Macao to be bridge for cross-Strait ties

The director-general of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR), Xu Mang, said during a recent media trip in Shanghai he hopes Macao could serve as a bridge for cross-Strait relations given Macao and Taiwan’s close non-governmental connections.

30 Nov, 2020

Macao’s 2021 wealth-sharing handout once again to be paid in cash

Macao's annual wealth-sharing handout next year will once again be paid out in cash, Secretary for Economy and Finance Lei Wai Nong has told lawmakers. 

28 Nov, 2020

Government to submit 3rd budget amendment bill due to COVID-19 impact

The government has announced that it will submit a bill amending its budget for this year for the third time to the legislature, proposing to allocate MOP 8.15 billion (US$1.02 billion) from its extraordinary reserves so as to cover its expenditure to be spent during the remainder of this year.

23 Nov, 2020

Legislature passes fire safety bill giving firefighters law enforcement powers

The Legislative Assembly passed the outline of a government-initiated bill on fire safety in buildings and certain outdoor venues, proposing to give the Fire Services Bureau law enforcement powers to fine violators of fire safety regulations.

20 Nov, 2020

Lawmakers pass bill proposing bidding for wet market stall allocations

The Legislative Assembly (AL) on Thursday passed the outline of a government-initiated bill regulating the operation of the city’s wet markets, which proposes that residents who want to run a stall will have to bid for a licence, a change from the current practice in which available stalls are simply allocated through a lucky draw.

20 Nov, 2020

Ho vows to normalise COVID-19 prevention, speed up economic recovery

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng pledged on Monday to set up a mechanism to normalise the government’s COVID-19 prevention and control measures and to speed up the city’s economic recovery at the same time. 

17 Nov, 2020

Next year’s way of sharing wealth depends on residents’ views & COVID-19 pandemic development

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng said on Monday that the way the government will give residents its annual “wealth-sharing” handout next year would depend on their views and the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, but he reaffirmed that the government would continue sharing the city’s wealth with residents in cash if “everybody” prefers it that way.

17 Nov, 2020

Gaming law public consultation

Ho said that the government will hold a public consultation first before drafting amendments to the gaming law. Ho pointed out that according to the full version of the 2021 Policy Address, the government plans to submit a bill amending the gaming industry law to the legislature for debate and vote in the fourth quarter of next year, but whether the schedule could be achieved would depend on the outcome of the public consultation to be held next year.

17 Nov, 2020

Ho underlines continued need to impose entry ban on foreigners

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng underlined the Macao government’s continued need to impose an entry ban on foreigners so as to protect the city from COVID-19 risk.

17 Nov, 2020

CE says Macao would need sandwich class housing

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng said that Macao would need housing projects for Macao’s sandwich class. Ho said that young people or those who do not live with senior citizens have only a small chance of buying a subsidised home-ownership scheme (HOS) flat.

17 Nov, 2020

Ho to deliver 2021 Policy Address this afternoon

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng will deliver his 2021 Policy Address in the hemicycle of the Legislative Assembly (AL) from 3 pm today. Afterwards, he will give a press conference at Government Headquarters starting at 5 pm.

16 Nov, 2020

Macao to bolster top-down design for sci-tech innovation (Update)

Macao Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng said today the government would further strengthen “top-down design” regarding innovation in the field of science and technology (sci-tech).

10 Nov, 2020

Judicial Council accuses senior lawyer of harming top court’s image

The Judicial Council, which oversees the management and discipline of judges, public prosecutors and judicial support staff, on Monday accused the president of the Macau Lawyers Association (AAM), Jorge Neto Valente, of harming the image of the Court of Final Appeal (TUI), its president Sam Hou Fai and all the personnel of the Judiciary.

10 Nov, 2020

Lawmakers pass TCM bill

The Legislative Assembly (AL) passed on Friday a government-initiated bill regulating the licensing of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) products in Macao – such as their production, import, export, wholesale and retail sale.

9 Nov, 2020

2021 budget bill passed

The Legislative Assembly passed the outline of next year’s budget bill during Friday’s plenary session, according to which the government will continue to run a budget deficit.

9 Nov, 2020

Carrie Lam to arrive for two-day visit Monday

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor will arrive in Macao Monday afternoon for a two-day working visit.

8 Nov, 2020

Hong Kong police launches national security hotline

Hong Kong police launched a hotline on Thursday inviting residents to report breaches of the national security law in Hong Kong via various channels such as WeChat and email.

6 Nov, 2020