Winds of change

Chief Executive-elect Ho Iat Seng is promising change. While officially introducing his government cabinet, with three new Secretaries, he underlined that innovation, change and preventing corruption will be the main goals for his administration heads.

The full cabinet name list for Ho’s new government has been approved by the Chinese State Council, with the CE stating his proposals received the “trust” of the central government.

“The new appointees have contributed to the development of the Macau SAR in the last 20 years and have a lot of experience. I believe they have the capacity to perform their new positions and I’m confident we will all work to have a transparent government […] we will also be open to the critiques from society,” Ho stated.

The new CE stated that the main criteria for choosing his cabinet were their integrity, work efficiency and the capacity to hear the opinions of society.

“That was my criteria and from my observations and contacts with them, I think they all match them,” he noted.

Ho also made some comments on his cabinet decisions, namely the decision to maintain Secretary for Transport and Public Works Raimundo Arrais do Rosário, and the decisions to appoint Ao Ieong U for Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture and Lei Wai Nong for Secretary for Economy and Finance.

The new CE noted it was “hard” to convince Rosário to stay in the executive but that the engineer was the right man for the mission.

“In the last five years, Secretary Rosário has managed to solve many problems left from previous administrations and managed to conclude some major works. If this position does not have a Secretary with integrity, the population will not trust him […] We still have many larges projects to conclude, the fourth bridge, the Light Rail Train, urban renewal and I’m confident that Rosario will be capable of concluding them,” the new CE stated.

Ho admitted Ao and Lei were not well-known faces to the public but that both had greatly contributed to the development of Macau.

A Guangdong-native, Ao has worked in the identification Services Bureau (DSI) since 2010, acting as the department’s head since 2014, while Lei has acted as Vice-Chairman of the Institute for Civic and Municipal Affairs Administrative Council, and as the Official Gazette Administrator.

Ho stated that “Ao had a lot of successes in the DSI” and that Lei had a lot of experience in supporting small and medium enterprises at IAM and that he would be able to devise policies to alleviate the difficulties faced by micro-companies.

However, concerning the renewal of the gaming concessions, Ho only stated that his administration will follow the gaming sector mid-term study and fully review if the gaming operators had followed the local Gaming Law, with changes to this legislation first needing to be approved by the Legislative Assembly before decisions are made.

The new government policy strategy will be officially presented to the Legislative Assembly in April, 2020.

Ho underlined that until the policy address is made his cabinet will maintain the continuity of previous policies so as to guarantee the stability of Macau governance.

When asked if he would reinforce any national security legislation to maintain Macau society stability when considering the political and public unrest seen in Hong Kong, Ho noted that since Macau enforced a national security law in 2009 no infractions had been recorded, something he saw as an example that local residents have respected national security.

His new cabinet was also said to continue following and respecting the One Country-Two Systems policy and the Macau Basic Law.


Cheong Weng Chon, André (NEW)

Secretary for Administration and Justice

Born in Beijing in 1966, Cheong was appointed the Commission Against Corruption Commissioner in 2014 having previously acted as Director of the Legal Affairs Bureau from November, 2000 to December, 2014.

Cheong has led the corruption watchdog in several high profile investigations, especially involving land concessions, including a review of the current enforcement of the Land Law, the Alto de Coloane land concession and Pearl Horizon affairs, and the irregularities in IPIM’s temporary residence permit schemes that led to the detention of its former President Jackson Chang.

He has also held functions as President of the Legal Aid Committee, a member of the Consultative Committee for Public Administration Reform, and a member of the Legal Reform Consultative Committee.

The CCAC head has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Beijing Foreign Studies University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Macau.

Lei Wai Nong (NEW)

Secretary for Economy and Finances

Born in Fujian in 1969. He obtained the Diploma in Informatics from the Macao Polytechnic Institute, holds a degree in Public Administration, Chinese Language Law and a Master of Social Sciences, all from the University of Macau.

In 1992, joined the Civil Service. He then held the position of Computer Technician, Deputy Head of Division and Official Press Administrator of the Government of Macau, namely in the Administrative and Financial Division and in the subunits of publications. Subsequently, he served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Civic and Municipal Affairs, becoming Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for Municipal Affairs following the establishment of the Institute for Municipal Affairs to date.

He has been a non-permanent member of the Investment Committee of the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) and is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Slaughterhouse of Macau, SA, as well as a member of the specialized section of the Community Economy Policy Studies Section of the Council for Economic Development.

Wong Sio Chak (REAPPOINTED)

Secretary for Security

Born in Guangdong in 1968, graduated and doctorate in law from Peking University. Attended courses in Portuguese Law, Language and Culture at the University of Coimbra of Portugal, Introduction to Macau Law at the University of Macau, as well as the first Magistrates Training Course and the respective Recycling Course of the city’s Magistrates Training Center.

From 1994 until 1997, he was senior technician in the Judicial Police Directorate, judicial auditor of the Court and the Public Prosecution Service and trainee magistrate. In July 1997, was appointed Delegate of the Prosecutor’s Office. After November 1998, was Deputy Director of the Judiciary Police. In December 1999, got the post of Director of the Judicial Police. In March 2000, was definitively appointed Deputy Public Prosecutor. In November of the same year, arrived his appointment as Director of the Judiciary Police.

Secretary for Security from 2014 to present, this is a post he has held with the Vice-Chairman of the Macau Security Council. Since 4 October 2018, he has also held the post of Vice-Chairman of the MSAR State Security Committee.

Ao Ieong U (NEW)

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture

Is the Secretary with the lowest public profile, Ao shows little professional or academic background in social affairs or culture.

Born in Guangdong in 1968. graduated in 1992 in Computer Science and Application from the University of Technology of South China. In 2001, completed a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Macau, and also a master’s degree in Comparative Law from the Hua Qiao University of Fujian Law School.

Served as senior technician in the Judiciary Police since 1994. Was the Head of the Projects and Organization Division of the Identification Services Directorate in 2001 and in the following year became the Head of the Resident Identification Department. In 2010, she assumed the position of Deputy Director of Identification Services. Since 2014 has been the Director of the same service.

Raimundo Arrais do Rosário (REAPPOINTED)

Secretary for Transports and Public Works

Born in 1956 in Macau, graduated in Civil Engineering and completed postgraduate studies in soil mechanics.

Joined the Civil Service in 1979 and worked until 1990 successively as a technician, head of department, deputy director and director of the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau. He has served as chairman of the Land Commission, High Road Council, member of the Sports Council and deputy board member of CAM – Macau International Airport Company. From 1990 to 1999, worked in civil engineering in the liberal profession. From December 1999 to December 2014, was Head of the Macao Economic and Commercial Delegation in Lisbon, and at the same time was also Head of the Macao Economic and Commercial Delegation to the European Union in Brussels and Head of the Macao Economic and Trade Delegation to the World Trade Organization. He is Secretary for Transport and Public Works since December 2014.

Chan Tsz King (NEW)

Commissioner Against Corruption

Born in Hong Kong in 1970, has a law degree from the Faculty of Law of the Autonomous University of Lisbon (1995). Was part of the first Judicial Magistrates and Public Prosecution Training Course between 1995 and 1997.

Appointed Deputy Prosecutor in July 1997, was promoted to the position of Assistant attorney in March 2000. He is currently working in the Public Prosecution delegation at the Court of Final Appeal.

Ho Veng On (REAPPOINTED)

Commissioner of Audit

Born in Macao in 1962, graduated in Public Administration, has a Master degree in International Relations and a PhD in Applied Linguistics in Foreign Languages.

During the first and second government of the SAR, Chief of Staff of the Chief Executive and Secretary of the Executive Council.

Leong Man Cheong (NEW)

Unitary Police Commissioner-General

Born in Macau in 1964, has a degree in Police Science from the Macau College of Security Forces and Master in Law from the University of Science and Technology of Macau. He also completed the 3rd Command and Management Course of the Macau Security Forces High School.

Part of the Public Security Police (CPSP) since 1988, held the positions of Commander of the Intervention Group of the Technical Police Intervention Unit (UTIP), Commander of the Command and Services Group and Interim Commander of the UTIP between 1995 and 2003.

In 2003 became Head of Liaison Office of the Unitary Police Service Information Analysis Center (SPU). In 2005, took the post of UTIP Commander. Serving as Deputy General Commander of the SPU since January 2014, has assumed the post of CPSP Commander in December 2014.

Vong Man Chong (NEW)

Macau Customs Director-General

Born in 1966 in Macau, holds a degree in Police Science from the Macau Security Forces College.

Joined the Maritime and Fiscal Police in 1989. Promoted to Sub-commissionaire in 1995 and Intendente in 1999, during which time he held the positions of Chief of the Information Division, Operational Division and Operational Management Department respectively. Following the establishment of the Customs Service in 2001, held respectively the positions of Head of the Intellectual Property Department, Border Inspection Customs, Advisor and Deputy Director-General and Sub-Director-General of these Services.

Ip Son Sang (REAPPOINTED)

Public Prosecutor-General

Born in 1964 in Yangjiang City, Guangdong Province. Has a law Degree and a Master in Public International Law. Between 1991 and 1993 attended the Portuguese Language and Law Course at the University of Coimbra in Portugal.

In 1994 worked in the Office of the Director of Statistics and Census Services and in 1995 in the Labor Department. In 1998 was appointed Deputy Prosecutor. Judge of the First Instance Court since December 1999, was appointed Chief Judge of the Collective Court of the First Instance Court 2011 and in 2013 to the position of President of that same Court and the Administrative Court. In December 2014 was appointed to the post of Prosecutor.

Hoi Lai Fong

CE Chief of Staff

Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) Commissioner’s deputy, Hoi Lai Fong, will be Ho Iat Seng Chief of Staff.

Hoi has served as the CCAC Deputy Commissioner since December, 2014 having previously Head of the Macau Economic Bureau (DSE) Legal Production Department since 2006.

Born in Fujian in 1974 and graduated in law from Zhongshan University, several legal education courses at the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau, University of Coimbra of Portugal and University of Beijing.