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National security law ‘needs to be improved’

Secretary for Administration and Justice André Cheong Weng Chon said on Thursday that the Macao government believes that there is a need to improve the city’s legal framework for safeguarding national society.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:44 am

Secretary for Administration and Justice André Cheong Weng Chon said on Thursday that the Macao government believes that there is a need to improve the city’s legal framework for safeguarding national society.

Cheong said that the local government was studying what kinds of legislation it would need to propose to improve the legal framework regulating national security.

Cheong pointed out that Macao enacted its national security law – the Law on the Defence of National Security based on the Article 23 requirement of the Macao Basic Law – back in 2009, and established the Commission on the Defence of National Security of the Macao Special Administrative Region in 2018.

Cheong underlined that nevertheless, the city’s supplementary regulations for the enforcement of the local national security law would still need to be improved.

Responding to media questions, Cheong said that it would be up to the central government as to whether to set up an office for safeguarding national security in Macao. Such an office was set up in Hong Kong earlier this month.

(The Macau Post Daily/Macau News)

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:44 am

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