About 20,000 Macau residents took to the streets Sunday to protest a government proposal to boost the retirement benefits for top government officials.
It was the largest street protest in the former Portuguese colony since the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations and highlighted growing public anger over the proposed law that would grant senior government officials retirement packages deemed too excessive, Apple Daily reported Monday.
The protesters accused officials of being greedy and demanded the draft bill be withdrawn. They vowed to hold a rally outside the legislature Tuesday when the bill is scheduled to come up for a vote.
The proposal gives the outgoing chief executive 70 percent of his monthly pay as compensation for not taking a new job. Retiring principal officials will get 30 percent and others 14 percent, the report said.
They will continue to receive medical benefits after retirement and these will apply to their families as well.
In addition, the retiring chief executive will be immune from criminal prosecution unless impeached or dismissed by the central government.
A legislator demanded Chief Executive Fernando Chui step down if the proposal is not withdrawn. Another pointed out that even the Chinese president does not receive such treatment.
A group of legislators wants the draft bill shelved for further consideration and the government has no objection, Macao Daily reported.
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