Govt petitioned on lake reclamation and children reunification

Saturday, April 19, 2008
Issue 318, Page 5
Word count: 354
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Two groups of some 40 residents yesterday submitted a petition to the government opposing the reclamation and construction in Nam Van Lake and urging assistance in obtaining Macau residency for their children in the mainland.

Residents from Lake View Mansion are against the recent 20,000 square-foot reclamation on the Nam Van Lake’s lot A9 which is situated between the residential block and the Nam Van Peninsula construction site.  

Claiming the large piece of land was “reclaimed during midnight”, 10 representatives from the apartment block and lawmakers Ng Kuok Cheong and Au Kam San visited the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) on March 19 but a response regarding the legitimacy of the reclamation was not yet provided.

On March 26, the representatives said the DSSOPT, before meeting with them, issued a press release to local media saying the project served as a temporary work platform to remove under-water piles and had been approved, which found “unconvincing”.

Meanwhile, the group believes a 50-storey skyscraper will be built on the reclaimed land. Group representatives said it would be “jeopardising the original objective of preserving Lago Nam Van”.

“This temporary platform construction not only causes nuisance to us, it’s a disaster to Macau too,” the petition letter says.

“The shoreline of Nam Van is the landmark of Macau…If this temporary work platform is permitted, there will be more and more (reclamations) with numerous reasons,” it continued.

Hoping the government could act both “reasonably and justly” for the citizens of Macau, the 10 representatives handed in a petition to the government headquarters asking for a meeting with Chief Executive Ho Hau Wah the next Wednesday.

Meanwhile, another group of 32 local residents and parents of children who are grown-ups and were born in mainland China urged Mr Ho to perform what he had committed in 2004, which is a liaison with the Chinese central government in order to help their children obtain permanent residency in Macau.

The group questioned the decision of the SAR government for permitting non-technical imported labourers’ families to reside in Macau, while the family reunion issue of permanent residents could never be resolved.

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