Macau | Portuguese national amongst illegal workers nabbed by police

A Portuguese national was arrested for working illegally as a designer in a local construction company, together with a Hong Kong resident and a Filipino national

Macau (MNA) – A 26-year old Portuguese national was detained by the Public Security Police Force (PSP) for working illegally at a construction company, the police announced on Monday.

According to the PSP, on the morning of May 16, after a surprise inspection was conducted by labour authorities on a construction company at Avenida Comercial, in downtown Macau, a man named Falcão was arrested for being working illegally as a designer.

The designer’s monthly salary was HK$12,000, with police not providing more information on the arrest, despite several attempts by MNA.

MNA also contacted the Portuguese Macau Consulate which stated that they had not been notified of the incident, or requested to provide any kind of assistance to the offender.

Two other illegal workers working for the same company as consultants were also detained, a 47-year old Hong Kong resident that was receiving a HK$37,500 monthly salary and a Filipino national that earned some HK$30,000 monthly.

Under the Macau law, a non-resident working illegally can receive a fine between MOP5,000 and MOP20,000, with a possible accessory sanction of a two-year ban from working in the city.

[Edited by Sheyla Zandonai]