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Hengqin Developments - The government needs to give small and medium enterprises positive incentives in order to attract them to invest in Hengqin, according to Chun Geng (春耕) of Macao Daily News (澳門日報). “As Hengqin begins to develop, tourism and commerce will begin to flourish, and small and medium enterprises should be able to set up their businesses there even without the help of the government. The key is that there are opportunities for them to do so,” Chun indicated.  However, Chun believes that if the objective of the investments is to restructure and diversify Macau’s economy as well as taking the existing industries to the next level, that might be a different story. Moreover, industries should be encouraged to increase their strengths in order to have the privilege of investing in Hengqin, which would be a way to both involve the enterprises to invest in Hengqin as well as to enhance their level of development. “Many are now sensing that there will be foreign capital going into Hengqin. With capital, technology, and human resources, local and foreign enterprises would have “the ticket” to development their businesses,” Chun said. He also foresees that large multinational enterprises would go alone in their investments while foreign small and medium enterprises would use Macau and its local industry as a platform to develop their businesses.  Macau’s enterprises and businessmen are obviously familiar with the local environment, yet foreign enterprises are more familiar and comfortable with foreign-funded commercial and financial environments. Therefore, it is important that these advantages are taken into consideration and that the development of Hengqin takes full advantage of these elements, according to Chun.  “In the face of new development opportunities in Hengqin, enterprises would also think of how to open up new markets as well as to further enhance their current businesses. They need to think out of the scope of their existing business and learn to use a variety of favourable conditions available, so that they can achieve a certain level of positive business transformation; that should be their attitude going into the development of Hengqin,” Chun wrote.  Chun also pointed out that mainland officials are not in a hurry to develop Hengqin, yet it is a good time to start planning and attracting foreign investments.

Entertainment and democracy - It was Andy Warhol who said that  everybody has  their 15 minutes of fame. One of Macau’s residents was extremely “trendy” when he shouted “we should be ashamed of our democratic regression” and was expelled from the Legislative Council Chamber, according to Lu Tian (陸天) of Va Kio Pou (華僑報). Lu indicated that local residents associate this kind of action with democratic actions in Western countries, yet he believes that this kind of violence and aggressive speech is not progressive at all. “The British are well-known for their impeccable etiquette, yet in recent years, their awareness of that has gradually disappeared... Even the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, said in 2007 that their  “social traditions of harmony and etiquette are put in a trolley and being pushed to hell.” Last year, a British Foundation for the youth published a new report that triggered a wide discussion on the reconstruction of harmony and etiquette in 21st century British culture...The report found that having good manners is not directly related to wealth. The Newham area of East London is poor, yet their residents place great emphasis on public etiquette. One resident said,  “Because we are poor, we need self-respect and good manners,” Lu wrote. At the end of his opinion article, Lu concluded that just like the British, we need to have “self-respect” before we talk about democracy.

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