Macau | Cultural work remains unaffected by constant management reshuffling - Cultural Bureau head

The head of the Cultural Affairs Bureau reiterated today that cultural work in the last year has not been impacted by the constant reshuffling of leadership, while also commenting on the situation of the Iec Long Firecracker Factory in Taipa

Macau (MNA) – The President of the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC), Mok Ian Ian, reiterated on Tuesday that any cultural work that has been done in the last years remains unaffected by the constant reshuffling of leadership.

“I sincerely thank [the IC staff] for the perseverance that they have shown in cultural work as well as their support. You can see that in the last year, our cultural work has not stopped, we have received many good results, even through all the public holidays we have done good work,” Ms. Mok said.

The comment was made on the sidelines of a ceremony today to sign in the new Vice President of the IC, Chan Kai Chon, who took over the helm from Deland Leong Wai Man (below first on the left) – now head of the Cultural Heritage Department of the Cultural Affairs Bureau.

Chan Kai Chon (below first on the right and holding flowers) had served as the Director of the Macau Museum of Art (MMA) since 2017 before taking up this new position.

The IC has experienced unsteady waters in leadership since 2017, when Ms. Mok took over as head of the bureau after Cecilia Tse Heng Sai stepped down in December of that year due to an illness.

Meanwhile, the IC head also said that works conducted by the MMA will not be impacted by the deliberation of who will be the new director.

Ms. Mok added, “we are hoping it is an employee already within the museum, because to be a director, one must know all the ins and outs of the job, as well as having passion for culture, and the management experience that the job needs.”

When asked about the situation of the Iec Long Firecracker Factory in Taipa, the IC president said that no work will begin on their side until the land ownership issue is completely cleared up.

“At the moment, the land ownership rights of the [Iec Long Firecracker] Factory are still not completely clear. So right now there is no clear development plan or demolition plan for the land plot. The Bureau will have to wait until all the relevant procedures have been completed before work can be done, including whether the work is done in the direction of culture or not,” Ms. Mok said.

Last week, the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) announced that it had initiated works for the eviction and clearing of the factory’s land plot.

Iec Long Firecracker Factory land clearing by DSSOPT

The head of the IC also mentioned that the government and the bureau are still determining whether the few public owned Portuguese-style villas sitting on Avenida do Coronel Mesquita will be rented out to social groups and associations after they are renovated.

Ms. Mok said that different activities will take place at the villas this year in honour of the 20th anniversary of the city’s return to the motherland.