Fun Fair to promote law to local youth

Thursday, October 15, 2009
Issue 844, Page 3
Word count: 456
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

This year’s law promotion fun fair for the youth will focus on the anti-cybercrime and drug trafficking legislation in particular, one of the organisers the Legal Affairs Bureau (DSAJ) said.

The fun fair will be held from 3.30pm to 6pm at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Municipal Garden this Saturday.

The Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (DSEJ) and the DSAJ are going to hold the event for the seventh year since 2003.

Booth games, band shows, plays, marital art, singing and magic performances as well as a comic exhibition and a lucky draw will be offered to visitors especially young people.

The two bureaux said the event aims to promote law to the local youth and reinforce their legal knowledge so that they can understand their rights and obligations.

The DSEJ spokeswoman Vong Lai I said in a press conference yesterday that the budget of the fun fair is around 170,000 patacas, an increase of 30,000 patacas than last year.

She also said that about 2,000 young people are expected to take part in the event.

Chief of the DSAJ Law Promotion Department Lo Cheng Peng said this year the attention is mainly being paid on legislation that are more likely to be violated by adolescents in their daily lives, such as the legislation against cybercrime and drug trafficking and abuse.

Ms Lo said during the past six years since the same law promotion activity was launched, she found that the local youth are “increasingly more aware of the law of Macau”.

“We hope to boost young people’s consciousness to abide by law through strengthening their moral and ethical values,” Ms Lo added.

In April a law slogan design contest was held as part of the annual law promotional activities. Nearly 3,000 entries were received from high school students and 19 of them will be awarded in the fun fair this Saturday,

The winning entries are produced into comics which have been exhibiting in four DSEJ youth centres and 21 local primary and high schools until December.

In addition, a booth game design competition was held earlier which attracted 100 young people to participate.

The winning design will be set up in the fun fair and the winner will be awarded 2,500 patacas and a trophy.

When asked whether measures will be introduced in the financial supervision of this fun fair event, the DSEJ spokeswoman said they will approve the budget and settle all expenses incurred based on a “regular and lawful procedure”, adding that the chiefs of all levels will “do their best and strictly monitor” the use of public funds.

The Commission Against Corruption revealed Tuesday that a civil servant from the DSEJ allegedly pocketed more than 100,000 patacas from the bureau’s activity funds.


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