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Lawmakers pass municipal organisation bill with new entity to replace IACM next year

The Legislative Assembly (AL) passed Monday a government initiated bill on the establishment of a non-political organisation in Macau.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:46 am

The Legislative Assembly (AL) passed Monday a government initiated bill on the establishment of a non-political organisation in Macau.

The new law states that all the members of the new organisation´s administrative committee and consultive committee will be appointed by the chief executive.

The new law states that the municipal organisation will be established on January 1,2019 when the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) will be abolished.

The local governments proposal to established a non-political municipal organisation is based in the Sector 5 of Chapter 4 of the Macau Basic Law with calls for the establishment of “municipal organisations with are not organs of political power”.

The new municipal organisation is named “Municipal Affairs Institute (IAM)”.

The new law states that the municipal organisation consists of an administrative committee and a consultative committee tasked with providing municipal services and advising the government on the services respectively.

The new law states that the administrative committee consists of no more than eight members, while the maximum number of members of the consultative committee is 25.

According to the new law, all members of the two committees under the municipal organisation will be appointed by the chief executive.

The new law states that the members of the administrative committee include a president and two vice-presidents, while the members of the consultative committee include a president and a vice-president.

Currently, the IACM Administrative Committee also consists of a president, two vice-presidents and five other members.

The IACM Consultative Committee consists of a president, a secretary-general and 24 other members.

The new law states that the terms of both administrative committee and consultative committee members are three years and that they can be reappointed.

Five lawmakers – Ng Kuok Cheong, Au Kam San, Jose Maria Pereira Coutinho, Sulu Sou Ka Hou and Agnes Lam Iok Fong – rejected certain articles of the bill for a variety of reasons, namely the lack of elected members for the new organ.

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:46 am

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