The Chief Executive appointed for the 5th Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) said on Thursday in Beijing that he was determined to apply the “one country, two systems” principle, according to official information.
Ho Iat Seng, taking stock of his visit to Beijing, expressed satisfaction at the fact that he was received by President Xi Jinping and appreciation for the support the Central Government has given him.
He also said that in the past he has travelled to Beijing several times to participate in the work of the Permanent Committee of the National People’s Assembly, the supreme body of state power, which includes overseeing the tasks of the government, the courts and the public prosecutor and taking national development decisions and was also involved in the consideration and review of the country’s laws.
He has now come to the capital as the elected Chief Executive, which in itself means a change in his role, from member of parliament to executive and who is responsible to the Central Government and the population of Macau.
Ho Iat Seng considered that, over the past 20 years, the development of the MSAR has been accompanied by social stability and thus its objective is to ensure the application of “one country, two systems” and the “Macau governed by its people” principle with high levels of autonomy.
When asked about the objectives to be achieved over the five-year term, Ho Iat Seng said that, as he mentioned in his political candidacy programme, he would focus on five aspects, namely improving the efficiency of public administration, promotion of appropriate diversification of the economy, optimising the effectiveness of initiatives to improve the quality of life of the population, attracting qualified staff and improving exchanges for cultural development.
Regarding the introduction of elections by universal suffrage in Macau, Ho Iat Seng stressed that the Basic Law defines a nominating regime for the Legislative Assembly and he will therefore not make any changes to the election of members of parliament.
As regards the election by universal suffrage of the post of Chief Executive, he did not exclude the possibility of following that direction and objective, although he said, for the time being, that there is no timetable set out for that purpose. (Macauhub)