“One Country, Two Systems” not yet fully attained in Macau, says local professor

Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Issue 475, Page 3
Word count: 390
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Acting director of the Centre for Macau Studies, Professor Ieong Wan Chong, said yesterday Macau’s legal system had been “greatly enhanced” after the handover, however still had “a lot of room” for improvement.

The University of Macau’s (UM) Centre for Macau Studies held a seminar on the campus yesterday which was based on the advancement of legal systems and cultivation of the One Country, Two Systems policy as part of the series focusing on the tenth anniversary of the Macau handover to China in 2009.

Chairing the three-hour event was Professor Ieong Wan Chong, the senior advisor to the Rector and acting director of the Centre for Macau Studies, as well as faculty deans, professors, researchers and school principals.

Speaking to Professor Ieong before the forum began, he said the series of open events the Centre had been organising were aimed at facilitating understanding and consensus of the “One Country, Two Systems” policy in society so that “its objective of attaining long term prosperity and stability in Macau can be ensured and the government administration can be better and better with each year passing by”.

“Patriotism as well as devotion to Macau have become the core of citizens’ basic value system which is the primary condition for achieving high autonomy, ‘One Country, Two Systems’, and self administration and is also the motivation to ensure the city’s well-being,” Professor Ieong said.

Professor Ieong affirmed Chinese president Hu Jintao’s speech at the fifth anniversary of the Macau handover to China in 2004 that “Macau people have the complete wisdom, ability and method to manage, construct and develop Macau well”, which the Professor added also reflected the “high degree of trust and expectation” in Macau citizens.

“Macau people, as the host of the region, not only fully enjoy democratic rights but should also become owners who will dedicate to their home city,” the UM Rector’s senior advisor told the press.

“Positioning for development and assessing current situations scientifically and rationally are the requirements and symbols of a society moving towards maturation”, Professor Ieong said, adding accomplishments attained in the first ten years of ruling should not be “underestimated” as they would be the “observation point” for building a “democratic, harmonious and healthy society”.

According to the Professor, “One Country, Two Systems” is a unique contribution to “human political civilisation” by the Chinese nation.

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