Date
15 December 2017
Protesters gather outside the Macau legislature to protest a controversial retirement bill. Photo: Facebook
Protesters gather outside the Macau legislature to protest a controversial retirement bill. Photo: Facebook

Macau protesters slam ‘golden parachute’ vote, eye next move

Thousands of protesters surrounded Macau’s legislature Tuesday, demanding the government withdraw a controversial retirement bill they say will give excessive benefits to senior civil servants.

The protesters, estimated at 7,000 at the peak of the rally, said Chief Executive Fernando Chui should resign if the proposal is not killed, Macao Daily News reported Wednesday.

Legislators voted to shelve the draft bill for further discussion and Chui later told reporters his government will continue to gather opinions to improve the measure.

On Monday, he said a “revised and better” proposal will be submitted after consultations, in response to Sunday’s mass protest, the largest in the city since the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations.

Organizers dismissed the legislators’ decision, saying suspending the bill for further consideration is not the same as withdrawing it. They said they are studying their next move. 

The draft legislation, derided by activists as a “bill of greed and privilege”, gives a retired chief executive 70 percent of his monthly pay as compensation for not taking up a new job.

Also, he will be immune from criminal prosecution unless he has been impeached or removed by the central government.

Other high-ranking civil servants will receive similarly generous but lower retirement benefits including medical cover for themselves and their families, the report said.

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