New economy chief among officials named to Macau senior ranks

Local | 2 Dec 2019 2:59 pm

China has appointed few new officials in Macau, changing key roles including the economy and justice secretaries.

They followed nominations by soon-to-be Macau chief executive Ho Iat Seng, who will be formally sworn in on December 20. Macau-born Ho, the sole candidate approved to run for leader, was chosen by a 400-member pro-Beijing committee to lead the enclave for the next five years.

Fujian-born Lei Wai Nong will replace Lionel Leong, currently the secretary for economy and finance, who has been in the post since 2014.

He will be the first economy secretary since Macau's handover from Portugal in 1999 not to have worked in relevant private sector businesses, a move several industry analysts said was surprising.

"He has no experience in economic development in Macau or in the casino industry. It seems that Mr Ho wanted to pick someone with a fresh outlook," said Larry So, a political commentator and former university professor in Macau.

Lei is now vice president of the Executive Council of the Municipal Affairs Bureau and has worked for the government since 1992.

Ao Leong U will become the new Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, replacing Alexis Tam, the Macau Daily Times reports.

Ho's new team, which will also be sworn in on December 20, consists of 10 officials, nine men and a woman. Cheong Weng Chun, the current commissioner against corruption, will become the new justice secretary.

Wong Sio Chak, the security chief will be reappointed to Ho's team as will Raimundo Do Rosario, secretary of transport and public works.

It was previously thought that Hoi Lai Fong, deputy commissioner of the anti-graft body would take its helm after Cheong. However, late last night the government announced that she would become the next Chief-of-Office of the Chief Executive’s Office.-Reuters/The Standard. Photo: Macau Daily Times 

Photo: Clockwise from left, the Secretary for Transport and Public Works Raimundo do Rosário, the Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak, Secretary for Economy and Finance-designate Lei Wai Nong, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture-designate Ao Ieong Iu, and Secretary for Administration and Justice-designate André Cheong Weng Chun.



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