Administrative reform needs faster pace: experts

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Issue 1137, Page 4
Word count: 489
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The Government needs to identify the administrative problems one by one and then find specific solutions for each of them in a bid to effectively improve the administrative procedures and efficiency in Macau, said law professor-cum-lawmaker Tong Io Cheng.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a forum at the University of Macau (UM) yesterday, Tong said that the Government and entire society also have to improve simultaneously so that the administrative reform could be carried out at a faster pace.

“I think it’ll be the right path for the Government to follow,” Tong added.

In addition, the interim associate dean of the Faculty of Law at UM pointed out that the administrative reform involves “a large scope of work and each level has its own ways to do it”.

Hence, Tong believed that different public departments, social sectors and academic groups have to put their focus together on a specific point in order to solve the problems effectively.

Vice president of the Legislative Assembly Ho Iat Seng has criticised the lack of coordination between certain administrative and justice departments and the secretary, which Tong said was a “kind reminder”.

“Society needs to supervise [the Government] more and the Government should also give it a thought,” he told reporters.

Moreover, the law professor said that Macau has a “relatively sound” administrative oversight mechanism including the administrative reconsideration system, administrative appeals and judicial appeals.

However, Tong stressed that the key is that “the public’s legal awareness can be enhanced so that when their rights and interests are infringed upon, they can make good use of the administrative regulations to protect themselves”.

Nevertheless, he added: “There is always room to improve in the legal system as society changes every day and thus we need to think about new problems and respond to people’s needs.”

According to Liu Gaolong, the interim dean of the UM Faculty of Law, “the many aspects of Macau’s administrative laws and its execution no longer match the reality and demands in the rapidly developing SAR”.

In his opening speech, Liu said “to enhance Macau’s administrative efficiency, level of administrative activities, enhance the civil servant system as well as to ensure timely and effective public supervision” are the “most outstanding problems that need to be solved urgently in the administrative reform”.

The two-day 6th Symposium on Regional Legal Issues in China, co-organised by the UM Institute for Advanced Legal Studies and the East China University of Political Science and Law, was unveiled yesterday at the University Library in Taipa.

A number of legal experts from the Mainland and China are invited to present dissertations themed on the execution of administrative activities and administrative procedures.

The opening ceremony was chaired by Jiang Bixin, vice-president of The Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China; Ho Chio Meng, the Public Prosecutor of Macau and Wang Limin, vice-rector of the East China University of Political Science and Law, among others.

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