Celebrations for Basic Law’s 17th anniversary

Friday, March 19, 2010
Issue 967, Page 4
Word count: 477
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The Macao Basic Law Promotion Association, Legal Affairs Bureau (DSAJ), Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) and the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (DSEJ) once again join hands this year to launch a variety of activities to celebrate the 17th anniversary for the promulgation of the Macau Basic Law.

A representative from each of the four organisers announced details of the celebration events at a press conference yesterday.

According to the vice-chairman and secretary-general of the Macao Basic Law Promotion Association, Ieong Wan Chong, an academic forum to talk about the second decade of the Basic Law and the Macau SAR will be held at 9.30am on March 31 at the World Trade Centre.

In addition to keynote speeches from principal government officials, more than 30 veteran experts from the mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau are going to deliver over 20 papers regarding the Basic Law and also the review and outlook of the implementation of “one country, two systems” policy in Macau.

In addition, Ieong said the Basic Law training courses have received positive feedback and therefore the organisers plan to open the workshops again in June and September this year.

The first-phase of the course was started on March 15 and lasts 22 class hours. More than 30 young residents have signed up for the course.

The chief of the law promotion department of DSAJ, Lo Cheng Peng, said an inter-school drawing competition was held earlier in which participants were required to show Macau’s prosperity and stability under the enactment of the Basic Law.

A total of 326 entries were received and among them, 46 drawings were selected which will be displayed in the fun fair to be held at Tap Seac Square on March 28.

The fun fair will also see a booth game design contest in which teams made up of altogether 190 residents have handed in 38 proposals.

Of them, 15 teams have been selected to enter the semi-final. They will be required to produce their own props and host their game booths. The judging panel will choose the champions immediately on that day.

According to the IACM representative Wong Pou I, since 2003 the bureau has started to organise the Basic Law photo exhibition in different cities in mainland China, having showed more than 300 photos depicting the early days of Macau from 1844.

Following Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Changsha, Chongqing, Kunming, Fuzhou, Nanjing, Nanchang, Nanning, Haikou, Guiyang and Tianjin, this year’s exhibition will be toured in Hangzhou in April.

Meanwhile, the DSEJ spokesman Cheong Kuai San said a Macau Basic Law and Macau SAR law quiz will be held at 3pm tomorrow in the Luso-Chinese Vocational School in Rua 1 de Maio, Areia Preta.

A total of 145 young people in 29 teams from 13 local high schools and 16 youth associations will compete on their knowledge of Macau law.

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