Legislator Chan Meng Kam confirmed yesterday during a press conference held by the service group of legislator Chan that he will not run in the legislative election this coming September after serving the city as a legislator for 12 years.
Owner of Hotel Golden Dragon and Chairman of City University of Macau, Chan will not run in either the direct or indirect elections.
He explained that his stepping down is to allow more young people to step in whilst pledging that he will continue to support the two groups in the future.
“I had said in 2005 that I would not take the job as a legislator appointed by the government,” stressed Chan. “If I take the job as a legislator I will take it as a directly elected legislator.”
The strategy of the whole group this year is to split into two groups led by current legislators Si Ka Lon and Song Pek Kei.
“As you know . . . by splitting into two groups we wish to retain three seats in the Legislative Assembly,” said Chan. “But whether these three seats can be retained will depend on voters decisions.”
Since it is the first time to have two groups running in the election, Chan admitted bearing a greater pressure compared to his participation in the previous election.
“I can say the pressure is unprecedented,” echoed Chan.
In the last election his list ranked first, with 18 per cent of the votes cast, securing three seats for himself plus incumbent legislators Song Pek Kei and Si Ka Lon.
The two groups that will run in the coming election will consist of ten candidates each.
Legislator Si revealed, after the groups submitted their manifesto yesterday, that the average age of his group is 38.2 years old, with lawyers, engineers and workers engaged in logistics and commercial fields as well as individuals who had previously served the city for years.
Kyan Su Lone is the second candidate in Si’s group, while Kyan is the founder of Chongou Holding Group and owner of Langham Hotels & Resorts in Xiamen.
“We wish to push forward using 10 per cent of the city’s gross gaming revenue for residents,” said Si, further proposing the 10 per cent be used in particular on the purchase of medical insurance for chronic diseases, supporting the first-time purchase of homes as well as increasing pensions to MOP5,000 (US$622).
Meanwhile, Song’s group gathers the majority of individuals who have long served society, including former civil servants.
“Our group is also rather young with the average age 35 years old,” said Song, revealing that her group will mainly focus on the shake-up of the administrative system, explaining that many social issues relate to the system, in particular the accountability of high government officials.
Loi Chi On is the second candidate in Song’s group, who is currently the vice-chairman of the Institution of Macau People’s Alliance (Aliança de Povo de Instituição de Macau).
Yesterday, the Union for Promoting Progress led by legislator Ho Ion Sang also submitted their manifesto for the direct elections, according to TDM Radio News.