Principal govt officials’ future to be determined this month

Friday, July 3, 2009
Issue 751, Page 3
Word count: 474
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The bill which will see principal government officials receive an up to 13 percent pay rise but also be restricted to work in private business after leaving the jobs is expected to be up for the final reading in the middle of this month.

The Legislative Assembly’s Interim Committee for the Analysis of Civil Service System Bills yesterday distributed the first draft of the opinion report to its members in a meeting.

The bill – “Basic Provisions of the General Principle for Leaders and Executive Officers” – was already finalised on June 18.

Committee president Sam Chan Io said lawmakers will give opinions regarding the report, if any, next week and further amendments will then be made.

He said the committee hoped to finalise the opinion report and pass it on to the plenary meeting for final voting by the middle of this month.

According to the latest version of the bill, “leaders” refer to directors and deputy directors in all public departments and entities, while “executive officers” refer to heads of departments, divisions and sections.

Instead of having allowance of 15 to 20 percent, it is proposed to increase the relevant officials’ monthly salaries by 10 to 13 percent.

Directors of first-level bureaux may see their salary points (one point equals to 59 patacas) be raised from 920 to 1,015 and deputy directors from 820 to 905.

As for directors and their deputies in second-level bureaux, salary points are expected to be increased respectively from 1,000 to 1,100 and 870 to 960.

In addition, heads or chiefs of departments, divisions, teams and sections will be looking at a pay rise by 65 to 85 salary points, so that their revised salary points, if approved, will go up to respectively 850, 770, 735 and 495.

The government also proposed to backdate the salary point adjustments starting July 1, 2007.

Regardless of the pay rise, the bill at the same time restricts the relevant officials from working in private companies within six months after their regular appointments in the government are terminated.

Otherwise, they will be required to obtain an approval from the Chief Executive.

Such restriction will also be extended to other positions including chiefs of the Chief Executive Office, principal officials’ offices, assistant anti-corruption and audit commissioners, deputy and assistant director-generals of Customs, as well as assistants to the Unitary Police Commissioner General.

Yet, officials after leaving the government are free to take up non-paid jobs in non-profit organisations with no time interval in place.

People who fail to obtain the Chief Executive approval and work in private business within the six-month period could face up to six months in jail or be fined for 120 days.

It is also proposed to review directors and deputy directors’ job performance yearly by their Secretaries, who will then submit the reports to the Chief Executive.


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