Macau | Signs of national security threats in the city, authorities investigating – Secretary for Security

Macau (MNA) – During a press conference on Tuesday, the Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak (pictured middle) claimed that there are signs of national security risks in the city, adding that related departments are currently investigating these signs.

“There are cases we are investigating but there are also signs of threat and we are gathering and analysing intelligence,” said the Secretary.

However, the Secretary refused to disclose further details such as the number of cases under investigation or when investigations were started.

“Like many countries, authorities will not disclose any cases related to national security during the investigation stage,” said Wong.

He said that the authorities, in compliance with the Code of Criminal Procedure, will inform the public about a case once a lawsuit is filed.

Yesterday, the Executive Council announced the by-law proposal of establishing a National Security Committee, following a previous statement by the Office of the Secretary for Security proclaiming the necessity of enhancing the National Security Law by introducing complementary legislation.

Wong stressed that the enactment of the National Security Law is the city’s constitutional duty in accordance with the Basic Law, while saying that the risk in Macau is closely related to the entire nation.

“According to Article 23 of the Basic Law, the Macau SAR is obliged to set up its law to protect the nation against the seven crimes that might shatter the nation’s security via monitoring and regulating,” said Secretary Wong.

The seven crimes identified in Article 23 are treason, secession, sedition, subversion against the central government, theft of state secrets, foreign political bodies conducting political activities in the city, and local political bodies establishing ties with foreign political bodies.

“The law itself does not aim to investigate or penalise those who commit national security related crimes,” noted the Secretary. “Its aim is to take precautions [with] penalisation the last resort.”

Asked whether the investigation involves co-operation with any Chinese related departments, Secretary Wong said it was common practice to co-operate with other regions or countries no matter the type of crime.

Meanwhile, with regard to the structural rearrangement of the security department, the Secretary said they are progressing its restructuring, such as establishing an anti-terrorism department.

“We are [also] working on the legislation of the cyber-security law; we hope that the bill of the law can be [approved by the Legislative Assembly] by the end of this year or early next year,” said the Secretary.

The Secretary said they might need to acquire more personnel for the cyber-security departments.

“We are working on it now and will analyse some data [to decide upon the acquisition of more human resources],” said the Secretary.