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Inner harbour future requires resident suggestions

The government hopes to receive more opinions and suggestions from community associations and organisations about the inner harbour optimisation plan in order to understand the greater need of residents.
Since flooding and traffic problems in the inner harbour, the government has begun to study the optimisation plan which aims to alleviate issues with an overall planning from last year.
Jaime Roberto Carion, director of the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) said government had long been concerned with flooding, traffic, living and business environment in the inner harbour, and also actively seek for solutions in order to meet the demands of residents.
Lawmaker Leong Heng Teng hoped the government would communicate more frequently with residents in terms of optimising old neighbourhoods and speed things up through work and co-operation.
In regards of professional suggestions from the General Union of Neighbourhood Associations of Macau and Association of Engineers, the director said the government would consider their suggestions.
He hoped the association would continue to collect opinions and suggestions from residents and businesses to formulate measures that can balance the interests of different sectors and optimise the overall situation in the inner harbour.




Drug abusers seeking rehab service increased nine fold

The Service for Prevention and Treatment of Drug Dependence of the Social Welfare Bureau (IAS) said that the number of drug abusers seeking rehabilitation services has increased nine times over the last eight years.
Drug abusers visiting the outpatient ward of the service centre has jumped from 4,607 in 2,000 to 42,991 in 2008, according to Vong Yim Mui, the division’s head of Service.
The Service established the Drug Treatment Complex Centre in 2002 and has been using the Methadone treatment since then.
Meanwhile, the Centre has arranged various medical check ups for 1,492 people who are fighting addictions last year.
Vong said the government has not spared efforts to expand and reform the work for prevention and treatment of drug dependence in the past ten years, and also the social resources and cooperation from all walks of life enabled the drug prevention and rehabilitation work to improve in a giant leap.
The division head emphasised that drug prevention was the other area that the IAS has focussed on after the drug rehabilitation work.
Since 2000, the IAS has planned the prevention measures with the emphasis on training of drug educators.
The target has been extended from adolescents to children, and the web of prevention expanded from schools to every corner of society
Also, the facility for anti-drug service which subsidised by IAS has increased from three to eleven, and the amount of subsidy increased by a greater extent.
She said drug abuse problems should not be overlooked and that internal and external anti-drug experience exchange and co-operation were of great concern of the IAS.