Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak pledged on Thursday that during the upcoming celebratory events for the 20th anniversary of Macau’s return to the motherland, the government would strive to cause minimal disruption to residents due to increased security measures.
Wong made the remarks while speaking to reporters at the Macau Chamber of Commerce (ACM) in Zape where he attended a National Day reception.
Wong noted that the government will hold a string of events marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the 20th anniversary of Macau’s return to the motherland over the next three months.
The 70th anniversary of the PRC takes place next Tuesday, while the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) takes place on December 20.
Wong said that the government and Macau residents had the shared responsibility to deal with any possible security risks. Wong said that his security portfolio was determined to always keep vigilant about any possible security risks and to do its best in assessing safety risks, with the aim of eliminating any possible security issues and maintaining Macau’s public security and stability.
When asked by a reporter about his recent visit to the Fire Services Bureau (CB) headquarters in Sai Van – which is understood to have indicated that central government officials will come to Macau to observe the local authorities’ ongoing security measures in preparation for President Xi Jinping’s possible visit in December, Wong replied: “You can say that”.
Wong noted that every time there will be major events, particularly concerning a state leader’s visit to Macau, officials of the respective central government entities come to Macau in advance to observe the local government’s security measures and carry out preparatory tasks in conjunction with their local counterparts. Wong said that this year would be the same as on such occasions in the past, adding that this was a normal work arrangement.
According to the Macau Post Daily, Wong said that during the upcoming events, the government will strive to strike the right balance between ensuring public security and causing minimal disruption to residents.