Macau Gov’t slammed by Lawmaker for overspending on construction projects

Macau, Slider 04 Sep 2014
Macau Gov’t slammed by Lawmaker for overspending on construction projects

A lawmaker slammed the government on Wednesday for its repeatedly inefficient and problematic approach to overspending on public construction projects.

lawmaker Melinda Chan Mei Yi who is directly elected, urged The Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On to develop more efficient and effective measures aimed at improving the situation, and allowing lawmakers to have a more input on the government’s budgeting for large-scale projects and the possible extra spending needed in when projects go over budget.

According to the Macau News, Chan made the remarks during a press briefing summarising her 2013/14 work in the Legislative Assembly (AL), at the Landmark Hotel in Zape. The hotel is owned by her husband, former lawmaker David Chow Kam Fai who also owns the Fisherman’s Wharf theme park.

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lawmaker Melinda Chan Mei Yi

Macau residents have become increasingly dissatisfied with the government over the last few years due to its frequent overspending on public construction projects according to Chan.

“The legislature currently only has the right to approve the overall budget for the whole year…lawmakers are not even told about the need to inject any extra money into public construction projects,”Chan stated, and added that spending on public construction projects has been constantly growing.

“I think how to deal with overspending on public construction projects should be one of the most important things for the next government to tackle,” Chan said.

The Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On was re-elected in Sunday’s fourth-term chief executive election and his second five-year term begins on December 20.

Chow Said “I think Chui should amend the law to give the legislature more power to check whether the government uses its budget efficiently, as well as [to monitor] extra budgets that may be required,” going on to say that the government should commit itself to tackling the overspending problem.

 

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