Pontius Pilate syndrome

I don’t know why an investigation of land matters and land swaps has started. Or only just now started. Or why only the always dubious cases surrounding Iec Long Firecracker Factory, located in Taipa Village, are under the legal microscope. What was the casual and temporal coincidence that started it all? For decades, if not centuries, […]

I don’t know why an investigation of land matters and land swaps has started. Or only just now started. Or why only the always dubious cases surrounding Iec Long Firecracker Factory, located in Taipa Village, are under the legal microscope. What was the casual and temporal coincidence that started it all? For decades, if not centuries, issues concerning land have smelled bad; we can only speculate why a great number of people responsible have always decided to whistle in the air. While ordinary citizens have the inability to do anything, and in any case have other more important things to occupy their lives with, those in the know wash their hands of these matters just to, hypocritically, cry shame when some cases actually see the light of day. After all, we are all guilty of a situation that is sometimes so blatant that it makes one despair. I have already said it several times. If someone really wants to discover important matters that would reveal quite a number of epic deals, they should, I believe, have the courage to turn the Soiled, Public Works and Transport Bureau upside down. But get ready for a long saga and have the patience and determination to go all the way. It will certainly take more than 11 months, which was what the Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) took to find that in the case of Iec Long some acts of the Public Administration had obviously violated the ‘principle of legality’. Land without the possibility of building exchanged for parcels with much larger construction areas whose limits are changed to allow greater heights, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, do not arouse doubts? And for years on end? Restrictions are abolished without people being able to understand why or plausible reasons publicly explained? If what we want is to have just a case example to follow, well, why not wind up this process, which is ‘fashionable’, and make it the same as was done with Ao Man Long. Let’s pretend he was the only one involved in those swindles. But if one intends to actually put an end to some of the most brazen embarrassments in this small world of Macau’s business more resources must be allocated to research and investigation of possible wrongdoings whilst bracing for some surprises, presumably quite large.

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