Corruption in China

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PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 25 April, 2008, 12:00am

Police document check targets Nepalis and South Asians

Police launched an extensive search targeting South Asians and Nepalis, with nearly 50 officers being sent out on Wednesday to check identity documents in residential buildings across the city. Police refused to say why they were targeting those ethnicities, but the search appeared to relate to people the authorities suspected might protest during the Olympic torch relay on May 3. Some people were taken away for questioning during the three-hour operation.

Reclamation plan sent to Beijing

A landfill plan that Macau has sent to Beijing for review involves reclaiming five areas totalling 500 hectares, public works minister Lau Si-io told the legislature on Wednesday. Mr Lau said 60 per cent of the reclaimed land would be used for public transport and green space, while the rest would go towards commercial and residential use. He added that part of the reclaimed land might also be used for public housing.

Inflation rises to almost 9.5pc

Inflation rose to 9.49 per cent year on year last month, government statistics revealed on Monday. The food and non-alcoholic beverage index rose 16.33 per cent, while the housing and fuel index was up 14 per cent. Meat prices rose the most, with fresh beef 74 per cent dearer and fresh pork 54 per cent more. Charges for medical consultations were up nearly 25 per cent.

Corruption trial of Ao family members nears its end

The last batch of witnesses testified at a graft trial involving four family members of former minister Ao Man-long and three businessmen on Tuesday. Two Venetian Macao employees said there had been no delay in building the resort's convention centre so contractor Ho Meng-fai, one of the defendants, was not fined over the project. Ho has been accused of bribing Ao to fast-track the completion check on projects. Final statements will be heard on Monday. Ao was jailed for 27 years for bribe-taking, money-laundering, abuse of power and other charges. Graft-busters said he had more than HK$800 million in illegal income; the trial only accounted for part of this.