2019-05
贺一诚参选  HO IAT SENG AIMS FOR TOP JOB

澳门特区立法会主席贺一诚宣布参选澳门特区第五任行政长官,关注民生问题、经济多元化,和推动澳门融入粤港澳大湾区。 …

贺一诚参选 HO IAT SENG AIMS FOR TOP JOB 2019 Year

澳门特区立法会主席贺一诚宣布参选澳门特区第五任行政长官,关注民生问题、经济多元化,和推动澳门融入粤港澳大湾区。

被视为新特首热门人选之一的澳门特区立法会主席贺一诚近日宣布,将参加澳门特区第五任行政长官选举,成为首名宣布参选澳门特首的人士。

今年是澳门回归二十周年,也将迎来第五届行政长官选举。澳门特区行政长官选举相关程序表明,将于6月16日选出400名负责选出特首的选举委员会委员。选举委员会将在8月底选出特首人选,由中央委任,年底就任。

选委会由四个界别选出,涵盖工商、金融界;文化、教育、专业、体育界;劳工、社会服务、宗教界;立法会议员代表、澳门地区全国人大和政协委员代表。

贺一诚公开接受传媒访问表示,会优先解决民生问题和推动澳门经济适度多元发展,推动澳门融入粤港澳大湾区。

贺一诚曾于2月13日首次表示有意参选,并指以他的立法会主席经验,不怕走进“热厨房”,当社会认为有需要时他就会做,勇于承担。此次宣布决定参选,是“经过与不少朋友交流研究,包括工商界和基层朋友”,做出的决定。

一旦正式参选,贺一诚称,将组建竞选办公室,工作按部就班。立法会的工作方面,会按照选举法的法律规定,不拖泥带水,“会清清楚楚、干干净净做好该做的事。”

谈及作为行政长官的政治蓝图,贺一诚称:“放心,我是一个有交代的人!"并将在下一步公布参选政纲。他同时明确表示,参选后首要考虑两大问题,在立法会十年工作经验,对澳门民生问题聆听最多,希望务实落力解决民生事务问题;其二,将关注澳门的发展方向,融入大湾区,推动澳门经济多元化,防止经济单一。

贺一诚表示,他有十九年全国人大常委、十年的立法会副主席及主席职务经验,较清晰和了解两地的法制和法则,如果澳门要继续发展、扩大空间,在法制上需要与大湾区其他特别行政区和城市衔接。澳门地方很小,如何发展一直饱受困扰,他这一代人经历了改革开放,认识到融入大湾区发展的巨大机遇。他称,很多朋友希望他可以发挥作用,结合多年在人大常委及立法会的工作经验,更好地协助湾区法制衔接,为澳门扩大未来发展空间打下更好基础。

贺一诚又强调,本身是商人,由三十年前的人民公社生产队开始,从做来料加工到现今,已经在内地经商三十多年,有丰富的经验,对内地有关部门的情况较熟悉。澳门未来发展,须带领澳门工商界开拓更大的空间。

贺一诚出身于澳门杰出家族,是著名爱国商人、澳门实业家贺田之子。贺田在上世纪五十年代创办澳门贺田工业有限公司,上世纪六、七十年代为内地经销经济短缺物资。贺一诚现亦经营贺田工业有限公司、贺田投资发展有限公司等。

早前有意见指,行政长官须有行政经验,对此他直言,一直在行政方面弱于其他人,因为没有在政府工作过,只在立法会和行政会任职,但在此期间,也对行政、立法、司法方面,有了长期了解和经验,对政府的基本行政都了解。而且一个人做不完所有事,相信未来最重要是用好公务员,才是最好的方向。

回顾澳门的行政长官选举,首届是何厚铧和区宗杰参选,结果是何厚铧高票高选。其后的三届选举,都是唯一人选参选。今届选举将会是何局面?坊间诸多猜测和观察议论。对于有问会否希望有竞争?贺一诚表示,如果届时有任何竞争,都需要面对。

贺一诚

1957年6月出生于澳门。

 

参选前:

第十三届全国人民代表大会代表、常务委员会委员

澳门特别行政区第六届立法会主席

曾任澳门特别行政区行政会委员(2004年至2009年)

 

社团事务

澳门中华总商会副会长、澳门厂商联合会永远会长

 

勋衔:

1999年获澳督颁授工商业功绩勋章

2001年获澳门特区政府颁授工商业功绩勋章

2009年获澳门特区政府颁授金莲花荣誉勋章

 

个人职务:

贺田工业有限公司董事总经理

贺田投资发展有限公司董事长

 

Legislative Assembly President Ho Iat Seng has decided to run in the Chief Executive election later this year. He says his priority will be livelihood issues as well as promoting Macau’s economic diversification and its participation in the development of the Greater Bay Area.

In declaring himself the first candidate in the race to become Macau’s next Chief Executive, Ho Iat Seng ended months of public speculation and started a new chapter in his distinguished public career.

The timing of his announcement is important. In addition to this being the election for Macau’s third Chief Executive, following on from the incumbent, Fernando Chui, and his predecessor, Edmund Ho, this year marks the 20th anniversary of Macau’s return to China.

The path forward for Ho, currently the President of the Legislative Assembly, is well laid-out. First, he must resign his position on the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, where he has served for the past 19 years (this was happening as Macau Inc. was going to press). Then, on June 16, the 400 members of the Chief Executive Election Committee will be chosen. This committee will elect the chief executive sometime toward the end of August. That person will then assume office at the end of the year, after being commissioned by the Central Government.

The Election Committee comprises members representing four sectors: 1) Industrial, commercial and financial; 2) Cultural, educational, professional and sports; 3) Labor, social services and religions; 4) Representatives chosen from among members of Macau’s Legislative Assembly, local deputies to the National People’s Congress (NPC) and local members of the National People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

Ho said in public when accepting the media interviews, if elected, he would focus on livelihood issues and diversification of the economy, as well as the integration of Macau into the Greater Bay Area.

The veteran businessman and politician first indicated his intention to run for the city’s top job earlier this year, when he told reporters on February 13 that he was “actively and prudently” considering it. He also said that, based on his political experience, he was not afraid to “get himself dirty in the hot kitchen.” Finally, on April 18, Ho said he had “provisionally” decided to run in the election after “studying the matter with many friends”.

It is not certain that Ho will run unopposed. No other candidate had announced their intention at time of this magazine going to press. Nevertheless, Ho said he would start organizing his campaign team and establish his formal political platform once he had been approved to run. His work at the Legislative Assembly would continue in the meantime, and Ho said he was determined to “run a clean office” based on Macau’s electoral law.

When asked about his political ambition, Ho was unequivocal, telling reporters that he was sure he would be able to “carry the weight” and that he would hold himself accountable to his supporters. His platform would be based on two primary objectives, he said. The first would be to improve people’s livelihoods. Having worked in legislation for a decade, he had heard many stories regarding social issues and, he said, he would try his best work on addressing these in the executive branch of the government. The second is to look toward the future, whereby he can promote the SAR’s integration into the Greater Bay Area, which would support the economy’s diversification.

Ho said his experience at the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress, and the Legislative Assembly of Macau, would give him a unique perspective in addressing issues related to the legal systems of the mainland and Macau. This will be important, because Greater Bay Area participation will require Macau to develop its legal system in line with the development of those of the other cities in the region. This will ensure the SAR is able to further grow, economically and physically. In his opinion, he said, Macau is so constrained by its small land mass that geographical expansion has become a necessity.

Ho’s generation, he said, has experienced the substantial benefits of the country’s Reform and Opening policy, which filled them with confidence about the potential of the Greater Bay Area. This was why so many of his friends had urged him to combine his long experience in lawmaking in the mainland and Macau, thereby spurring and smoothing the integration process and laying a better foundation for Macau’s future development.

Ho emphasized his background as a businessman, dating back to more than 30 years ago when People’s Communes on the mainland first began to be reformed through the introduction of the Household Responsibility System and the Industrial Responsibility System. That created the opening for economic development based on capital investment and professional management. Over the decades, he has been focused on familiarizing himself with various aspects of governance systems on the mainland. Macau’s future development must be driven by its business community taking bold initiatives to explore new opportunities, he said.

Indeed, Ho comes from a distinguished family in Macau’s history. His grandfather was the founder of the newspaper that became Macau Daily News, while his father, Ho Tin, founded their industrial company that supplied vitally needed goods on the mainland in the 1960s and 1970s.

Ho is clearly aware of the challenges he faces. Earlier this year, various public commentators suggested that Macau’s chief executive needed to have government administrative experience. At the time, Ho said he recognized this was a relative weakness, as he has never held a position in any government agency, despite his impressive records in both the Legislative Assembly and the Executive Council. However, Ho said that his experience in the Legislative Assembly had involved dealing with various aspects of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, which have allowed him to develop a deep understanding of the government’s functions and responsibilities. The more important thing for a chief executive, he said, is to form a good team as “it is impossible for one person to finish all the many tasks”. In Macau, making good use of public servants is the best option for achieving effective governance, he said.

At time of going to press, Macau was gripped by speculation as to whether anyone else would declare their intention to run against Ho. The last time a Chief Executive election had more than a single candidate was Macau’s first, in May 1999, when Edmund Ho was challenged by Stanley Ao. In the next three elections, there was just one candidate. This time around, it remains to be seen if the current Secretary for Finance and the Economy, Lionel Leong, will stand against Ho. He had previously said he was “considering” the idea.

Ho himself would not be drawn on such speculation. When asked about possible rivals, he said only that “if there’s a competition”, he would always “welcome the challenge”.

Ho Iat Seng

Born in June 1957, in Macau

 

Before election:

Member of the 13th National People’s Congress and the Standing

Committee of the National People’s Congress;

President of the 6th Legislative Assembly of Macau;

Member of the Executive Council of Macau from 2004 to 2009

 

Social involvement:

Vice president of the Macau Chamber of Commerce

Permanent President of the Industrial Association of Macau

 

Honors:

In 1999, Industrial & Commercial Merit Medal, awarded by

Governor of Macau.

In 2001, Industrial & Commercial Merit Medal, awarded by

Government of Macau SAR.

In 2009, Honorable Medal of Golden Lotus Flower, awarded by

Government of Macau SAR.

 

Personal Duties:

Managing director of Ho Tin Industrial Ltd.

Chief executive of Ho Tin Industrial Ltd.

 

 

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