Macau (MNA) – The Macau SAR Government is considering reserving a number of social housing units to meet emergent situations, said the chairman of the third permanent committee of the Legislative Assembly (AL), Ho Ion Sang, after meeting government representatives to discuss the social housing bill on Thursday.
Legislator Ho explained that emergent situations include social and natural disasters such as the Sin Fong Garden incident.
The bill proposes that the Chief Executive (CE) has the right to approve residents staying in the reserved social housing units without the need to queue up or to provide any application documents when emergent situations occur.
With the bill also addressing beneficiaries of the 4 per cent Bank Interest Subsidy and owners of affordable housing units who later suffer from poorer financial conditions, Mr. Ho said the committee requests the government create clearer distinctions on the rights between the CE and other departments such as the Housing Bureau (IH).
“If it should be that the CE has the right to approve residents who are overcoming emergency situations to apply for social housing units, we wonder whether such [entities] like the IH or CE have the right to approve the beneficiaries of the 4 per cent Bank Interest Subsidy, and whether owners of affordable housing units who later suffer poorer financial conditions can apply for social housing units,” said Mr. Ho.
The legislator said related clauses of the bill will be revised accordingly.
Meanwhile, Mr. Ho divulged that the government will consider the requirements of a minimum age of 23 and full-time students applying for social housing units.
“If we meet a consensus on 23 as the minimum age [the government would consider] removing [the specification of] full-time students,” said Mr. Ho.