Macau (MNA) – The request for debate on setting up the new municipal department proposed by legislator Au Kam San was turned down by the plenary session at the Legislative Assembly (AL) on Wednesday.
In addition, the hearing request for official accountability after the hit of Typhoon Hato on August 23 was also turned down by AL.
Regarding the debate of the new municipal institution, there were only legislators Au Kam San, Ng Kuok Cheong, and José Maria Pereira Coutinho who voted in favour of the debate request.
The legislators reasoned that an appointment by the government for the institute is a misinterpretation of the Basic Law.
Government-appointed legislators Lao Chi Ngai, Pang Chuan and Chan Wa Keong voiced their disagreement on the debate, with Mr. Chan stressing that the interpretation of the Basic Law should be performed in line with the Constitution.
Mr. Lao emphasised that “it is clear enough with the mainstream opinion” that it is appropriate for the MSAR Government to appoint members for the new municipal institute.
With regards to the hearing on the accountability over officials who should be held responsible for the destruction caused by Typhoon Hato, the hearing was only approved by Mr. Ng, Mr. Au, legislators Ella Lei Cheng I and Leong Sun Iok.
Legislators Song Pek Kei and Si Ka Lon abstained.
Government-appointed legislators Ma Chi Seng, Davis Fong Ka Chio and Iau Teng Pio voiced their disagreement on scheduling a hearing. Mr. Ma said the hearing is not necessary given that the Chief Executive (CE) had already appointed experts to handle the investigations.
Legislator Iau, also a lawyer, said the hearing might affect the professionalism and independence of the investigations made by the special task force appointed by the CE.
[Edited by Sheyla Zandonai]