Chan Meng Kam, a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and a former Macau lawmaker, has suggested his compatriots in the SARs should contribute to the mainland’s task of alleviating poverty in China.
According to a report by Macao Daily News, Chan suggested the SARs’ media sources should focus on places in the mainland where deep poverty exists, to allow Macau citizens to understand the reality behind poverty in the mainland, as well as to enhance their understanding of the country.
Chan said that Macau residents could first be arranged to provide their help in the mainland areas predominantly populated by ethnic minorities where deep poverty exists, such as Xinjiang and Tibet.
Besides donating money or goods and improving the education environment and living conditions of these areas, Chan believes that a key aspect for alleviating poverty will be helping these regions to develop their own specific cultural industries, to increase their income.
Chan also suggested that Macau’s role as a platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries can also be used to lift areas out of poverty.
According to Chan, Macau can help target regions of the mainland to organize exhibitions in Macau featuring goods made locally in the poverty stricken areas. It can also help regions to enhance communication with other areas of the world through Macau, in particular by helping them to sell their goods to Europe and Portuguese-speaking countries.
Lawmakers bring proposals to Beijing
MACAU MEMBERS of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference proposed new measures for film projects and environmental pollution during their recent trip to Beijing. Si Ka Lon proposed that China support Macau in the SAR’s efforts to present itself as a foundation for Chinese- and Portuguese-speaking countries’ post-production of film projects. He further suggested that China offer tax relief for Macau films, as well as support the post-production of mainland projects in Macau. Ho Ion Sang suggested that China improve the environmental pollution in Beijing and neighboring regions by reducing coal usage, in addition to using more renewable energy-powered vehicles in public transportation and in the government’s fleet.