Chui welcomes criticism, respects public opinions

Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Issue 770, Page 3
Word count: 685
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Chief Executive candidate Fernando Chui Sai On said yesterday he was not a “perfect person” and would see criticism as a form of motivation.

Mr Chui told the about 300 residents who attended the second public hearing in Keang Peng Middle School yesterday afternoon.

A total of 12 people were given three minutes each to pose questions, which were mainly about a highly efficiency and clean government, reforms and changes, and also the relationship and communication between civil servants and local people.

Responding to a high school graduate who asked in what ways Mr Chui would try to restore public confidence in the SAR government after the Ao Man Long’s kickback scandal and to convince people about his governance capacity, the CE candidate said he would “definitely accept criticism against him”.

“You don’t need to worry about me, I see criticism as an encouragement. As a politician, I must have to have the psychological quality to take appreciation, criticism and disagreement,” Mr Chui said.

“When facing criticism and diverse opinions, I and my election team will patiently listen to and analysis them. If it’s found that we did not perform good enough, we will work better and improve,” he added.

The CE candidate also said that his goal was to serve Macau people and make Macau a “prosperous and stable society”.

“I’m not a perfect person and have my own shortcomings as like other politicians, hence accepting criticism and listening to opinions is something that I should do and always have to do,” he said.

In regard to his ideas of how to facilitate interactions between the government and the community, Mr Chui said apart from opening multiple communication channels, the first job would be to assure sufficient exchange of messages.

“In the future, the Information Bureau, besides being the government’s public relations officer, should be able to act as a bridge between civilians and the government,” he said.

“More importantly, the bureau will has the responsibility to announce promptly the government’s work and policies to the public and also operate a rapid response mechanism to obtain people’s opinions,” he added.

Meanwhile, Agnes Lam Iok Fong, assistant professor of the University of Macau’s Communication Department and a candidate to run for this year’s direct legislative seats, questioned the CE candidate on his personal thought regarding universal suffrage.

Mr Chui responded that he was “very open” to a direct Chief Executive Election, but added that it was essential to uphold two principles which were to strictly comply with the Macau Basic Law and to reach a social consensus based on the majority of public opinions.

“We need to push forward the democratic progress step by step according to the Macau Basic Law, which is different from the one of Hong Kong,” he said.

“At the same time we’ve to reinforce civic education through schools, the community, families and social organisations,” he added.

On the other hand, Mr Chui pointed out the importance of “reform and innovation” in the next government.

“During every development process, new problems must arise. Reform and innovation is the spirit of the age and society. Not only do we have to accept challenges, but also have to maintain firm beliefs,” he explained.

“If I’m elected, the government will focus on reform and innovation such as to strengthen the building of integrity, education and supervision, set up a financial reserve system, food safety centre and push forward economic diversification,” he said.

In the “Outline of the Plan for the Reform and Development of the Pearl River Delta”, Macau is set to be a world tourism and leisure hub.

The CE candidate said following the reinforcement of regional cooperation, Macau would experience a “new dimension of thought and thinking”.

“Carrying on the old traditions is important, but reform and innovation is also a requirement for progress,” Mr Chui said.

Mr Chui will give the last public hearing session at 8pm tonight in the No.1 Auditorium at the Macao Polytechnic Institute.

The 14-day campaign period will end this Friday, two days prior to the Third Chief Executive Election on July 26 at the Macau Dome.

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