Illegal workers found in public construction site

Thursday, April 23, 2009
Issue 680, Page 2
Word count: 250
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

A public construction site of a fresh food market in the Ha Van area was found to have allegedly hired illegal mainland workers yesterday.

The Public Security Police (PSP) sent 14 officers to raid the construction site in Rua da Praia do Manduco from 10.30am to 12 noon where 57 workers’ identities were checked.

Ten of them aged 20 to 49 from Guangdong Province were suspected of having worked there illegally, police spokesman Pun Sio Tong said.

One of the alleged illegal workers, 45 years old and surnamed Lai, showed an expired Chinese passport and kept making phone calls outside the construction site when the police arrived.

Pun said the PSP suspected that he was trying to tell other people to run.

In addition, two of the workers possessed counterfeit Macau identity cards.

The PSP spokesman said the 10 suspected illegal workers had been working at the construction site from 10 days to two months once after they arrived in Macau.

They were hired for 150 to 370 patacas a day.

The PSP also took away three local contractors aged 38 to 48 and surnamed Lou, Chiu and Cheong for suspected illegal employment.

According to the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) yesterday, it will “seriously deal with” the suspected illegal employment at the Ha Van Municipal Market construction site.

IACM also said that it has requested the project management company to hand in a report and implement an internal review to further strengthen regulatory measures at the construction site.

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