Macau, China, 18 Dec – Some 64 percent of local people are "happy" with the 10 years following Macau’s return to the China, according to a survey released Thursday by the General Association of Trade Unions of Macau (AGOM).
According to The Macau Post Daily, 29 percent had ‘no comment," just five percent said they were "unhappy" with the post-handover decade, and two percent responded "so-so."
The street survey was conducted last month and aimed to gauge residents’ expectations and views on the 10 years following the establishment of the Macau Special Administrative Region on December 20, 1999.
Some 46 percent of the 951 respondents said the post-handover had strengthened their national identity as Chinese citizens.
Meanwhile, the survey also showed that 31.8 of the respondents put public housing on the top of their "wish list" for government policy improvements, while 23.9 percent said they hoped the government could guarantee them employment and 18.9 percent said they hoped to earn better wages and benefits.
Just 2.5 percent said they hoped to see improvements in the fight against corruption, 1.8 percent said they hoped that the government could solve youth issues, and a mere 0.74 percent said they hoped the government could keep its policy implementation promises.
When asked about where the government in the past decade did not perform well, 15.2 percent listed the fight against corruption, 11.5 percent mentioned a lack of transparency, 6.6 percent complained about public housing and 5.7 percent were unhappy with transport issues.
When asked about where the government performed well, 12.9 percent chose free education, 10.5 percent listed the government’s "wealth-share" scheme and 5.3 percent mentioned the government’s supervision of the gaming industry.