Secretary for Administration and Justice, André Cheong

Gov’t to ‘strengthen national security’ with new laws, training

Secretary for Administration and Justice, André Cheong, on Wednesday told members of the region’s Legislative Assembly that the government intends to strengthen national security in 2022, through new laws and training activities in schools and public services.

During the debate on details of the Policy Address (LAG) for 2022, Cheong said that the government would present an amendment to the “law on the defence of state security”. The guidelines, which were presented last week by Macau’s chief executive, sets as one of its objectives this amendment – the first since 2009.

“Over the twelve years that the law on defence of state security has been in effect, the international security situation and that of neighbouring regions has been changing, so the guarantees of the legal system of the Macau Special Administrative Region government for the defence of state security should also keep up with the times in order to safeguard the sovereignty, security and development interests of the state, so as to effectively prevent and repress foreign intervention and effectively guarantee the rights and legitimate interests of residents and the prosperity and stability of society,” the Policy Address reads.

Among the 17 bills to be presented next year is one on the “Secrecy Regime of the Macau Special Administrative Region”.

The aim of this law is also to strengthen the protection of state security and of Macau through what it cals a “specific secrecy regime, establishing strict and secure measures relating to secrecy, in order to ensure that the secrets of the state and of the Macau Special Administrative Region are adequately protected.”

Cheong also promised that next year civil servants would take part in training sessions on China’s Constitution and the region’s Basic Law, the law on the defence of state security, Chinese culture, among others, with the aim of “deepening the sense of national identity of the public service workers and increasing their capacity to carry out the work of government action.”

For 2022, patriotism is also to be reinforced in schools and associations through “various legal dissemination activities focusing on the Constitution, the Basic Law, the law on the defence of state security and the fundamental laws related to daily life.”