By Poyi (Natalie) Leung
A group of around 30 members from the Macau New Chinese Youth Association are currently spending the summer in Singapore for an exchange tour, an activity to wrap up its annual “youth legislature” course.
On Tuesday night the Macau delegation, mainly college students, met with the Young People’s Action Party (YP) to share thoughts on the social challenges posed by gambling, The Straits Times reported.
Four staff members from the association accompanied the students to Singapore, including deputy executive director Kou Ngon Seng and director of the general office Leong Sin Man.
They departed on Monday and will return to Macau on Saturday night.
The Chinese youths also attended a meet-the-people session at Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan’s constituency in Sembawang GRC.
Another deputy executive director of the association, U Sio Chao, who did not join the tour, told the Macau Daily Times that the activity is supported by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The “youth legislature” course is held every year for Macau’s young people who are interested in politics and wish to participate in discussions on current affairs. Only certain participants from the course are selected to join the exchange tour every year.
According to U, the exchange tours are usually held within the Greater China region.
U denied that the association chose Singapore this time because the country has also started to develop the gaming industry, and added “mainland China may not be so attractive to the students, Hong Kong is not so different from Macau, and Japan and South Korea will be out of their budget”.
Last year’s “youth legislature” participants went to Taiwan. “So if we went to Singapore last year we would be going to Taiwan this year. It’s the same,” U said.