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Old July 18th, 2014, 03:53 PM   #381
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[B]Galaxy is expected to launch a new casino in 2015, making it one of the first operators to open a new gambling property. Macau's second wave of casino expansion will see eight new mega properties by 2017.
Interesting. I wonder if Galaxy will open up anything similar to the very successful Venetian. Particularly the more international food court.

Sometimes, its shocking with so many foreigner tourists and travelers in Macau, that there are so few non-Chinese food options in the casino food courts. Venetian is the ONLY one to cater to the non-Chinese market in their food court.
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Interesting. I wonder if Galaxy will open up anything similar to the very successful Venetian. Particularly the more international food court.

Sometimes, its shocking with so many foreigner tourists and travelers in Macau, that there are so few non-Chinese food options in the casino food courts. Venetian is the ONLY one to cater to the non-Chinese market in their food court.
The "foreigners" and "tourists" are primarily from mainland China, so Chinese food would feature prominently on the menu.
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Old July 31st, 2014, 06:37 PM   #383
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LRT plan draws ferocious opposition in consultation session
27 July 2014
Macau Daily Times

1In a consultation session held last Saturday regarding the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) Northeastern section on Macau Peninsula, many residents voiced their opposition to the “Avenida de 1° de Maio proposal,” which would see the LRT track passing through the Areia Preta avenue. Some also expressed their distrust of the government.

Attendants brought with them protesting signs. They also showed their disapproval by booing when officials were introducing the plans.

At one point the chief of the Transportation Infrastructure Office (GIT), Lei Chan Tong, sternly asked the participants whether they wanted the officials to remain silent and let the crowd do all the talking.

After the introduction, residents were given the chance to ask questions or speak to the representatives from different government departments on the stage.

Among those who spoke, most of them were against the Avenida de 1° de Maio proposal. They were concerned with the noise and the alleged radiation that the LRT will produce, as well as the impact that the construction would have on the structure of the buildings nearby.

Residents also voiced a wish that they do not want the Areia Preta Park to be affected by the project – according to a suggested route, the LRT would pass over the park.

A resident cited a news report that claimed an engineer had said that putting LRT underground is possible, and accused the officials of lying.

Nevertheless, a minority of the participants spoke in favor of the controversial proposal. However, when they were speaking, other participants immediately voiced their opposition. Those in favor hence accused the latter of suppressing different opinions.

In response, Lei Chan Tong called on all parties to respect each other, and agreed that the LRT should have as little impact on residents as possible, but it also had to balance with the need for residents to commute.

Mr Lei urged people to make a rational choice after studying the information. He said that it would not be beneficial for society if the public wanted to change their mind after a proposal had been adopted.

The GIT deputy chief, André Ritchie, also pointed out that, if the LRT goes underground, there will be various issues, including the technical issues and underground facilities like pipe networks, which have to be considered. He said that it is likely to take several years to relocate these underground facilities alone. The digging, he claimed, would also require the avenue and the park to be closed for some years.
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Old August 17th, 2014, 05:21 PM   #384
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Sands faces headwinds after record profit
16 August 2014
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Macau casino operator reports strong gains for the first half, but sudden sharp decline in mass gaming and hotel project delay cloud prospects

A record-breaking first half for Macau casino operator Sands China could mask the risk of a sudden slowdown in the second half of the year as the mass gaming segment drops off and construction remains halted on the company’s new Cotai resort.

The casino operator posted a record adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of US$1.74 billion, up 35.7 per cent year on year, driven by the mass and premium mass segment.

Revenue rose 24.7 per cent to US$5.08 billion, while net profit jumped 45.7 per cent to US$1.37 billion.

Shares of Sands ended 0.19 per cent higher at HK$53.25 yesterday in a market that rose 0.62 per cent.

As the Macau casino operator with the largest capacity, both in terms of gross gaming area and number of hotels, Sands has been among the top picks of many analysts in the supply-constrained market.

As the mainland’s anti-graft campaign, concerns over junket liquidity and crackdown on UnionPay started to weigh down on the VIP segment, Sands, with its mass focus exemplified by flagship property the Venetian, enjoyed brisk business, outperforming its rivals over the critical Lunar New Year period.

However, the company faces considerable headwinds in the second half. Mass table revenue growth slowed sharply last month, to 17 per cent year on year from an average 35 per cent for the first half.

Reasons for the dramatic drop are still unclear although a combination of factors have been suggested, such as the World Cup soccer championship, changes to the transit visa, and general fatigue of visitors. In any case, a continued mass gaming drop-off would leave Sands most exposed.

That led Morgan Stanley to downgrade the stock from its best-ideas list last week. In the note, the investment bank also cites a high base in the second half of last year, overall investor sentiment that will keep the share price down, and decreasing market share.

“Parisian (the next Cotai project) adds just 20 to 30 per cent capacity in terms of hotel rooms and tables to Sands’ existing base. This compares with 50 to 200 per cent for the other five companies. [Also,] construction at Parisian has stalled following an accident,” the report said.

Work on the US$2.7 billion resort, which will include a half-scale Eiffel Tower replica, has been halted for two months although the management said it was still on track for opening late next year.

“We have commenced construction activities, but stopped in June, pending receipt of certain government approvals, which management has been informed are scheduled to be issued in October,” Sands said in a statement to the stock exchange yesterday.


A government-mandated smoking ban for mass floors starting in October will also pressure Sands properties more than the other five operators.

“Implementing the smoking ban by October represents a tight deadline for the operators,” Daiwa Capital Markets analyst Alison Law wrote.

“Some casinos will be unable to install airport-style smoking lounges in time, given their lack of a supporting infrastructure, and may therefore face a complete smoking ban.”
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Old August 21st, 2014, 05:11 AM   #385
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The "foreigners" and "tourists" are primarily from mainland China, so Chinese food would feature prominently on the menu.
That basically sums up the Macau casinos. They cater mostly, almost entirely, to Chinese tourists.

That's unfortunate, that that will be the continued trend, even with all the new construction.

Makes sense though, as Macau is part of China now.
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That basically sums up the Macau casinos. They cater mostly, almost entirely, to Chinese tourists.

That's unfortunate, that that will be the continued trend, even with all the new construction.

Makes sense though, as Macau is part of China now.
Macau is the only place on Chinese soil that has legalized casino gambling. Think about the economics of that. Hence, what we see today.
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Old August 23rd, 2014, 07:07 AM   #387
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The construction of the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) Pai Kok Station on the Estrada da Baía de Nossa Senhora da Esperança in central Taipa will commence today. The announcement was made earlier by The Transportation Infrastructure Office (GIT).
The contractor will be converting a section of the pavement and parking spaces into a temporary make shift road in order for the Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca to continue to have two lanes in both direction open while construction is underway. This traffic arrangement will continue temporary for 12 months approximately.
The Pai Kok station will connect Cotai and Old Taipa Village according to information from GIT. Several education and healthcare facilities, including Kiang Wu Hospital, Taipa Portugues School and Sam Yuk Middle School are located nearby. GIT believes that LRT can provide a convenient channel for the hotels and tourism area in the area, as well as bringing tourists to the old Taipa area.
The first station to begin construction in central Taipa will be Pai kok, the office stated that following the instillation of other major components in the LRT Taipa section such as the piers, contractors will start building other stations in Taipa this year.
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Old August 23rd, 2014, 07:19 AM   #388
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Macau is the only place on Chinese soil that has legalized casino gambling. Think about the economics of that. Hence, what we see today.
I can definitely understand that.

But they also have a ton of international tourists from Portugal, Brazil, India, Philippines, Indonesia, USA, Korea, and on and on and on...

But, very little caters to them at all. They could really capitalize on that. I am not sure if the gov't puts up barriers against foreign competition or what....but there is so little that caters to non-Chinese...in comparison to Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, etc.

It becomes really visible with the casinos. Hold'em Poker is a worldwide phenomenon. There are poker bars, poker casinos, poker games throughout the Philippines, in South Korea, definitely in the U.S., etc. But, only two casinos have poker available in Macu, on a very limited nature, and they are high buy-ins with very limited tournament schedules. As opposed to something like bacarrat which fills up pretty much every casino from end-to-end.

In short, the international market is definitely there and walking around in Macau, but Macau doesn't recognize it's international element at all.
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I can definitely understand that.

But they also have a ton of international tourists from Portugal, Brazil, India, Philippines, Indonesia, USA, Korea, and on and on and on...

But, very little caters to them at all. They could really capitalize on that. I am not sure if the gov't puts up barriers against foreign competition or what....but there is so little that caters to non-Chinese...in comparison to Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, etc.

It becomes really visible with the casinos. Hold'em Poker is a worldwide phenomenon. There are poker bars, poker casinos, poker games throughout the Philippines, in South Korea, definitely in the U.S., etc. But, only two casinos have poker available in Macu, on a very limited nature, and they are high buy-ins with very limited tournament schedules. As opposed to something like bacarrat which fills up pretty much every casino from end-to-end.

In short, the international market is definitely there and walking around in Macau, but Macau doesn't recognize it's international element at all.
Well, the signage is all bilingual to reflect both Chinese, English, and Portuguese. You can't blame the casino operators to cater for their largest group of guests. They can spend a lot of money hiring Portuguese staff to man their tables but they will never drum up as much business as the Mandarin-speaking tables. Macau doesn't need to be international to succeed.
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Number of HK laborers in the city triples in two years
Monday, September 8, 2014
Macau Daily Times

Although Hong Kong faces a shortage in construction workers, the number of non-resident laborers (TNR) from the neighboring SAR working in Macau’s construction industry was found to have tripled in the previous two years, according to a report by the South China Morning Post (SCMP).

The HK newspaper cited figures from the Macau police and reported that 4,685 registered Hong Kong construction workers were in Macau by the end of July, surging by more than 3.7 times compared to the 1,305 workers who had been registered during the same period two years ago.

It is also believed that the actual number of HK construction workers in Macau is higher than the official number, given that some may travel to Macau with their Hong Kong ID and work illegally.

Lawrence Ng San-wa, president of Hong Kong Construction Sub-Contractors Association said that those coming to Macau only accounted for around two to three percent of the 200,000 qualified workers in the construction industry.

Nevertheless, Macau contractors are offering a more competitive wage to skilled construction workers from HK, with some paying as much as 30 percent higher than their Hong Kong counterparts.

Eric Tse Chun Yuen, another HK contractor, also pointed out that his city’s workers usually took on supervisory roles and trained local workers and those from the mainland, who are generally less skilled.

However, the two were not concerned about more skilled laborers coming to Macau, due to Macau’s tight restrictions on importing non-resident workers.

They also reiterated that those coming to the city are only a small part of the workforce of skilled construction workers in Hong Kong.
The Times has previously reported on the number of TNR in Macau that has exceeded 150,000 in June. The number stood at 158,234 at the end of July.

Compared to the figure in June 2013, the growth of TNR in the construction industry is the most significant among all industries, which skyrocketed from 18,081 to 38,663 three months ago.

Mainland workers dominated the TNR community in Macau, exceeding 100,000 for the first time by the end of July and accounting for almost two-thirds of the registered TNR population in the city.
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Pedestrian overpass connecting Hotel China and local airport to be demolished
Macau Daily Times
Wednesday, September 17, 2014



The pedestrian overpass currently connecting the Hotel Golden Crown China to the Macau International Airport will be demolished so that a Light Rail Transit (LRT) station can be built. Construction works are due to begin today, if the weather allows it, the Transportation Infrastructure Office (GIT) stated on Monday.

Traffic will be provisionally diverted while the demolition works take place.

The overpass in front of the Macau International Airport will be closed to traffic for three days, as the demolition will involve the removal of a 30-ton structure. Instead, cars will have to go through the tunnel located in Avenida Wai Long. Demolition works take place overnight between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

GIT’s functional chief, Mr Wong Sio Leong, said that his department does not have concrete data on the budget for now.

The pedestrian overpass belongs to the Hotel Golden Crown China, which has not requested any compensation from the government following the demolition. According to GIT, an agreement between the hotel and the government had existed “for quite some time.”

GIT’s functional chief told reporters that another pedestrian overpass is not due to be built on site in the future.

GIT recognized that demolishing the pedestrian overpass is a complex project, and that traffic will be affected, since the LRT station is also under construction. They point out that Avenida Wai Long is one of the main avenues in Taipa experiencing heavy traffic flows, particularly because it is the main road used to access the Macau International Airport.

The overpass located in front of the airport will be closed to traffic between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., while demolition works are ongoing. GIT recognized that this implies the use of heavy machinery, and so time management will be crucial to ensure that the overpass will be re-opened in the morning.

The pedestrian overpass has to be demolished, so that the LRT station, featuring 20 pillars and an overpass, can be completed.

The airport LRT is due to be completed within six to eight months. This LRT segment comprises three stations (Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau International Airport and the Taipa Ferry Terminal) within a 3.1-kilometer stretch.
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Heritage Committee concerned with LRT impact on Praia Grande
Thursday, October 16, 2014
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In the latest plenary meeting of the Cultural Heritage Committee (CPC), members have voiced their concerns regarding the Light Rapid Transit (LRT)’s impact on the view of the area in the Praia Grande district facing the Government Headquarters. They have also expressed their support for the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) to initiate the evaluation procedure in order to preserve a partly demolished building on Rua da Barca.

In a press conference yesterday, IC’s president Ung Vai Meng revealed that the officials from the Transportation Infrastructure Office (GIT) have introduced the improved draft of the design for the LRT stations at Praia Grande and Sai Van Lake to members.

He said that some of them were especially concerned with the Praia Grande station because of its relatively close proximity to the Government Headquarters. They were also worried that the station may have an impact on the landscape of the area.

Members have suggested that the authorities should consider overall planning of the LRT facilities and the lakeside area opposite the Government Headquarters. They also advised the authorities to improve the environment of that area in different stages, which was agreed by the officials from the urban planning department at the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau.

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PORTUGUESE SCHOLARS STUDY IMPACT OF LRT AND CASINO INDUSTRY




A delegation of researchers from the University of Coimbra (UC) is expected to visit Macau between Jan 19 and 26 in order to assess the impact of the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) project and, in a separate investigation, the effects of the casino industry’s expansion.

Both projects are being undertaken by UC’s Department of Architecture under the coordination of scholars Jorge Figueira and Nuno Grande.
According to a press release issued by the UC (the oldest Portuguese university), the research “constitutes a contribution made by the UC to the undergoing debate in Macau about urban and architectural transformation. That debate was generated by the building of new infrastructures, namely the LRT, the reclaimed parcels of land on the waterfront, and the policy of casino and gaming industry expansion.”

Jorge Figueira and Nuno Grande stress that recent statements made by Beijing authorities “point out that the [region’s] development from now on should be made in a more sustainable way in order to counter the disproportional weight of the gaming industry in the local economy and the excessive construction on the new reclaimed land.”

1 Macau_Maqueta Metro Ligeiro e Aterros_small bDuring their stay in Macau, the UC delegation will participate in a workshop organized in cooperation with the University of Saint Joseph and will share their architectural concepts with local institutions such as the Architects Association of Macau, the Center for Architecture and Urbanism, the Transportation Infrastructure Office, the Institute for European Studies, and the non-profit organization Docomomo Macau.

Regarding the LRT’s impact on the city’s waterfront, the UC researchers will reveal the results of an investigation analyzing the historical relationship between Macau and the water that surrounds it. The researchers will use models and computerized images to present solutions linking the water and the LRT. The researchers stress that their proposals follow the work done in Macau’s southern front by prominent Portuguese architects like Álvaro Siza Vieira and Manuel Vicente.

The study about the impact of the growing gaming industry in Macau aims at “analyzing the impact of casinos in the territory, particularly their architectonical features, without stylistic preconceptions,” Jorge Figueira comments. Some “case studies” of casinos in Macau’s peninsula and also in Cotai will be presented.

Both research studies are being undertaken as part of the “Macau-Coimbra Project” promoted by UC’s Department of Architecture. The project is part of a program of cooperation in the field of creative industries between Portugal and Macau, and is financed by the European Union. PB
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Delays add to Wynn’s woes as revenue falls sharply
5 February 2015
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Labour shortage and mainland anti-corruption crackdown blamed for drop in earnings as Macau casino operator pushes back launch of resort

The opening of Wynn Macau’s Cotai project Wynn Palace will be delayed due to construction permits, the second casino resort in Macau to have its launch date pushed back, as the company posted a 32 per cent decline in revenue in the fourth quarter, dragging down earnings at Las Vegas-based parent Wynn Resorts.

Although the US$4.1 billion Wynn Palace is on budget, the company said it expected it to launch in the first half of next year instead of a previous target date before the Lunar New Year holiday this month.

The delay was due to the timing of construction worker permits and follows Sands China’s announcement that it would push back the opening of the Parisian from late this year to early next year, also because of labour issues.

“In the latest round of permits, they received 700 workers after requesting 1,000, and the approvals came three months late. Wynn said they need a further 1,600 to 1,700 from upcoming approvals,” a Barclays report published yesterday said. “We believe a delay to 2016 projects would mean a better and longer head start period for 2015 casino openings from Galaxy and Melco.”

Galaxy Phase II and Broadway resort will launch on May 27 and Melco Crown Entertainment’s Studio City is expected later this year.
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Chui considers renegotiation of LRT contracts
Macau Daily Times Excerpt
Wednesday, February 11, 2015



Chief Executive Chui Sai On said yesterday that the Macau government will continue to discuss the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) construction project with contractors, and will resolve disputes through legal measures if the two parties cannot reach a consensus.

Mr Chui made the comment on the sidelines of the Central Government Liaison Office Chinese New Year cocktail party at the Macau Tower. He said that based on the report he received from Raimundo do Rosário, Secretary for Transportation and Public Works, he understands that out of the five major LRT constructions in Taipa, the authorities are more confident of resolving issues with four of them.

As for the construction of the LRT depot, the CE said that the government will continue to discuss it with the contractor. He also pointed out that authorities have fined the contractor before: “If [the contractor] really cannot [achieve a consensus with the government], we must resolve the issue legally since Macau is a place that upholds the rule of law,” he said.
The CE recognized that residents are mostly concerned with the traffic issue in Macau. He said that the government will continue to push forward LRT construction and will roll out new measures, apart from prioritizing public transportation, to resolve the traffic problems in the SAR. He believes that the progress of construction on the Macau LRT section will be back on track once the authorities can come up with the route plan.

LRT construction delays made headlines again following a report by the Commission of Audit issued in January, predicting a massive budget blowout and delay of the project.

After attending a meeting of the Legislative Assembly (AL) Land and Public Concession Affairs Committee on Monday, Secretary Raimundo do Rosário said that the administration still couldn’t provide any estimation for the final budget of the LRT project. He also said that while the authorities were able to resolve issues in the construction of three segments and a transportation interchange in the LRT Taipa section, the building of the LRT depot is behind schedule. The Secretary warned that the delay in the depot’s construction might even affect the delivery of the LRT trucks.

In terms of the LRT Macau section, for which the government still did not provide a concrete route plan, Mr Rosário said that the progress was stalled among disputes regarding the NAPE area segment. He predicts that the administration will be able to publish the consultation report on the route plan within the first half of this year.

However, the Secretary said that the government still cannot provide any predictions on the budget or construction period of the Macau section. He also claimed that problems are to be expected in projects as enormous as the LRT construction, and sometimes it is inevitable for the authorities to disagree with the contractors. He said that the government would not evade responsibility and that he would try his best to find any possible solutions and measures for the LRT project.
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Bags found inside public housing building wall
Thursday, February 19, 2015
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Ho Iat Seng and former DSSOPT director Jaime Carion inspect the Seac Pai Van public housing estate

The public has once again raised concerns regarding the quality of public housing apartments, after a photo was published on the Internet allegedly showing paper bags that were found inside the wall of an affordable housing apartment. Chief Executive Chui Sai On said that the government will deal with the problem regarding the quality of public housing. He asked for residents to be patient and to allow the relevant departments to work on the issue.

It is alleged that the photo was taken in an affordable housing apartment in Edificio Koi Nga in Seac Pai Van. When the proprietor removed the doorframe during renovations, he allegedly found objects that resembled paper bags inserted into the gap in the wall.

The Infrastructure Development Office (GDI) released a statement yesterday, claiming that its staff inspected the building yesterday alongside officials from the Housing Bureau, the contractor and the supervising company of the construction works.

The office said that the wall in question is not the load-bearing wall (shear wall) of the building. However, the Office has already asked the contractor and the supervising company to submit a report and follow up on any possible repairs that need to be done.

“The office has not ruled out the possibility that some of its workers may not have had a sufficient understanding of the standard of the construction quality expected. As a public infrastructure department, [GDI] thinks that this kind of construction flaw is unacceptable,” the statement said.
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Survey | Guia Hill pedestrian tunnel seen favorably
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Thursday, March 19, 2015



More than 90 percent of respondents to a survey were in favor of excavating a pedestrian tunnel through the Guia Hill, connecting the areas of Horta e Costa and NAPE. The project is expected to encourage people to walk instead of drive to work or schools in that neighborhood, according to an online opinion poll conducted by the General Association of Macau Clerical Employees.

The association disclosed the poll results in a press conference yesterday. It concluded that 94.3 percent of the 826 surveyed people showed strong support for the Association’s proposal of erecting a pedestrian passage at the Guia Hill for commuters who frequent the two districts.

The online poll, which began at the beginning of February, has also reflected that 89 percent of the respondents expressed a willingness to use the tunnel, while 60 percent of them were actually daily commuters between the two districts.

However, 5.1 percent of respondents in the poll objected to the plan, as they were afraid that the excavation would take a toll on the nearby surroundings, as well as on the structure of the mountain and its existing tunnel. They also expressed concerns about a possible misallocation of public funds for the project.
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Bags found inside public housing building wall
Thursday, February 19, 2015
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Ho Iat Seng and former DSSOPT director Jaime Carion inspect the Seac Pai Van public housing estate

The public has once again raised concerns regarding the quality of public housing apartments, after a photo was published on the Internet allegedly showing paper bags that were found inside the wall of an affordable housing apartment. Chief Executive Chui Sai On said that the government will deal with the problem regarding the quality of public housing. He asked for residents to be patient and to allow the relevant departments to work on the issue.

It is alleged that the photo was taken in an affordable housing apartment in Edificio Koi Nga in Seac Pai Van. When the proprietor removed the doorframe during renovations, he allegedly found objects that resembled paper bags inserted into the gap in the wall.

The Infrastructure Development Office (GDI) released a statement yesterday, claiming that its staff inspected the building yesterday alongside officials from the Housing Bureau, the contractor and the supervising company of the construction works.

The office said that the wall in question is not the load-bearing wall (shear wall) of the building. However, the Office has already asked the contractor and the supervising company to submit a report and follow up on any possible repairs that need to be done.

“The office has not ruled out the possibility that some of its workers may not have had a sufficient understanding of the standard of the construction quality expected. As a public infrastructure department, [GDI] thinks that this kind of construction flaw is unacceptable,” the statement said.
Lawmaker urges gov’t to launch construction quality probe
5 March 2015
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Lawmaker José Pereira Coutinho is urging the government to launch an independent probe into the construction quality of the Seac Pai Van housing estate. He suggested that the government commission an examination of the building complex’s structure to an independent entity, in order to find those accountable for the bad construction quality.

Last month, local media reported that plastic and paper bags were found inside the wall of a Seac Pai Van public housing apartment. Yesterday, TDM English News reported that residents found more plastic bags stuffed inside the walls of their flats at the Koi Nga building. The Koi Nga Mutual Help Association believes that one-third of the flats might share similar problems.

Other Seac Pai Van residents have complained about cracks in the walls and ceilings. However, the government and the Society of Civil and Structural Engineers have dismissed any security risks, TDM English News reported.

Besides a probe launched by Macau’s anti-graft agency (CCAC), José Pereira Coutinho said that only an independent examination of the buildings’ construction quality would shed some light on the matter.

Lawmaker Coutinho requested that the government find those accountable for the shoddy work.
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