Some Election Committee members think…

Monday, July 27, 2009
Issue 775, Page 5
Word count: 287
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Stanley Ho: It’s a very good result… [Mr Chui’s got] more than enough [votes]. His prestige will be established in society because it’s a formal election – fair, open and impartial, everyone was looking at it. I was also one of those who stamped on the ballot. I’m very confident in him and we’ve chosen a right Chief Executive. He will be getting stronger and stronger and govern Macau very well. Those who gave a blank vote know it very well…they made a very big mistake…they won’t be able to fall asleep tonight.

Jose Coutinho: The principal officials accountability system shall be implemented as soon as possible. It’s a very important project for Macau people to monitor the government. I hope that in the future more people can participate in the Chief Executive Election so that advantages of democracy can be seen and the [Chief Executive] will be highly recognised by society. I didn’t cast my vote today because I don’t agree with this [electoral] system.

Leonel Alves: I think [Mr Chui will first need to advance] population, education, health and economic policies. It’ll be very good for Macau as a whole to see Macau people and the new Chief Executive look at the problems and plan solutions together. [The election result] was quite good. In a democratic society, it’s normal [to have some people abstained from voting].

Ho Iat Seng: I believe with his past experience, Mr Chui will adapt [to the new post] and perform his duties quickly. Everyone has its own family background…Ruling Macau according to the law will then avoid suspicions…We can’t say [how Mr Chui will] surpass [Edmund Ho Ho Wah] but I hope that he can lead Macau to develop harmoniously.

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