Scholar desires ‘thinking-type’ officials

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Issue 919, Page 3
Word count: 564
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The One Country Two Systems Research Centre’s head Ieong Wan Chong said amid the commencement of the Basic Law Advanced Workshop yesterday that key government officials should strive to transform themselves into “thinking-type and research-type talents”.

Ieong pointed out that it was “more necessary and urgent” to upgrade top officials’ knowledge structures, as well as their “soft power and competitiveness” in order to nurture them to become “knowledge-intensive workers with innovative thinking”.

He also said that they had to be “scholar-like” officials, rather than “official-like” scholars.

Meanwhile, the Macau Basic Law Advanced Workshop for mid and senior level civil servants began classes at the Public Administration Building.

More than 160 civil servants have been admitted into the course which lasts for a week. Participants are divided into 16 classes and will be required to hand in a short essay at the end of the training.

The workshop is jointly organised by the Public Administration and Civil Service Bureau (SAFP), the One Country Two Systems Research Centre of the Macau Polytechnic Institute and the Association for the Promotion of the Macau Basic Law.

Secretary for Administration and Justice, Florinda Chan reiterated in the opening ceremony that the SAR government had always been “strictly following the Basic Law” in policy making over the past decade, which “ensured a smooth progress in various areas and also made Macau reach a new stage”.

To further promote the Basic Law among public servants, the government had organised a number of training courses and seminars so as to provide them with learning opportunities and a knowledge exchange platform.

The Secretary said that “ruling Macau by laws” implied the necessity to “work based on the Macau Basic Law and strongly uphold the authority of that”.

She cited the statement made by Wu Bangguo, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, during a Macau Basic Law seminar in Beijing at the end of last year that “Macau SAR’s civil servants in particular have to be familiar with the Basic Law, loyal to the Basic Law, comply with the Basic Law and consciously safeguard the Basic Law, [in a bid to] raise the governing capacity and strengthen system construction”.

Hence, Chan added that allowing civil servants to thoroughly learn and accurately implement the Basic Law was not only a demand from the SAR government, but also an “earnest expectation and sacred mission” from the central government.

She said she hoped that the public servants, after completing the course, will apply what they have learnt on their work in order to “better serve the SAR and the people”.

In the future the government will continue cooperation with community organisations to organise different special training workshops for residents as well as civil servants so as to fully push forward the implementation of the ‘one country, two systems’ principle in Macau, the Secretary added.

According to Ieong, the workshop aimed to ensure a “correct understanding” of the Basic Law among civil servants under a new social environment, which eventually will ensure “long-term prosperity and stability in the SAR”.

Director of the Identification Bureau, Lai Ieng Kit, represented the rest of the participants and gave a speech in the ceremony. He said the course had “responded to the demand of civil servants and provided a positive platform for officials from different departments to carry out in-depth discussions and studies on the Basic Law”.

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