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Veteran lawmaker to run in election with newcomer

Veteran directly-elected lawmaker-cum-businessman Chan Meng Kam will run with local community leader Si Ka Lon in the legislative election on September 15. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a reception of the 5th anniversary of the People’s Alliance for the Development of Macau, Si Ka Lon, who heads the association, said that he would […]

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:48 am

Veteran directly-elected lawmaker-cum-businessman Chan Meng Kam will run with local community leader Si Ka Lon in the legislative election on September 15.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a reception of the 5th anniversary of the People’s Alliance for the Development of Macau, Si Ka Lon, who heads the association, said that he would be the number-two candidate on Chan’s ticket.

Chan, a prominent member of Macau’s sizeable Fujianese immigrant community, has been voted in as a directly-elected lawmaker since 2005; he is also a member of the government’s top advisory body – the 10-member Executive Council (ExCo).

The People’s Alliance for the Development of Macau (APIM) was established in 2008 by local Fujianese community leaders including Chan and Ung Choi Kun, a directly-elected lawmaker who was Chan’s running-mate in the last two legislative elections in 2005 and 2009.

However, Ung previously announced that he would not seek re-election.

Talking to reporters, Si pointed out that he has worked full time for the association since 2011.

“Before I was a businessman in fields related to the aviation and logistic industries. In 2009 I retired and started working for youth associations,” Si was quoted by The Macau Post Daily as saying, adding that work experience obtained in various associations had given him a better understanding of what residents really need.

He said he believed that competition in the upcoming legislative election will be very strong.

“We are quite confident [about the upcoming election]… we’ll try our best to obtain more public support,” Si said, adding that if he was elected he would fight for the benefits and rights of the grassroots and young people.(macaunews)

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:48 am

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