Fernando Chui

Dr Fernando Chui Sai-on is the current and second chief executive of the Macau Special Administration Region of China. After winning a first term as the top official of the former Portuguese colony in 2009, Chui was re-elected uncontested in August 2014. Born in 1957, Chui is the son of the late Macau construction tycoon Chui Tak Seng.

After easy re-election, Macau leader now faces many challenges

The ballot of Macau chief executive election is confined to only 400 of 624,000 citizens. Photo: Dickson Lee

It's not much of an election if it is a one-horse race. Credibility is further undermined when the ballot is confined to only 400 of 624,000 citizens. As awkward as it is, this is how Macau picks its chief executive.

Friday, 8 May, 2015, 9:19am 3 comments

90pc don't trust Macau leader, says 'referendum'

Concern group hold banner to urge people to vote in an civil referendum and protest against "small-circle" election in Macau. Photo: SCMP

Macau chief executive Dr Fernando Chui Sai-on has suffered his first setback two days after being re-elected, with a so-called civil referendum finding that almost 90 per cent of residents do not trust him.

8 May 2015 - 9:19am

Chui must modernise his approach to governing Macau

Fernando Chui answering media queries on Sunday. All bureaucrats should undergo training to develop a more open attitude towards dissenting views. Photo: Edward Wong

Although Fernando Chui has been re-elected as chief executive in Macau with 380 out of the 396 votes cast by Election Committee members, his paternalistic government faces daunting challenges in the next five years.

8 May 2015 - 9:19am

Macau's Fernando Chui re-elected chief executive in unopposed poll

Fernando Chui was today re-elected as Macau's chief executive. Photo: SCMP

Dr Fernando Chui Sai-on was re-elected uncontested as Macau's chief executive in a choreographed exercise that prompted thousands of residents to demand universal suffrage.

8 May 2015 - 9:19am 12 comments

Fernando Chui Sai-on was groomed for a top political job in Macau

Fernando Chui Sai-on (far right) has been described by supporters and opponents as a man with a good heart. Photo: SCMP

Dour and uncomfortable in the public glare, Fernando Chui Sai-on cuts a considerably less charismatic figure than Edmund Ho Hau-wah, his hard-nosed predecessor as Macau chief executive.

8 May 2015 - 9:19am

Ties between Chui family and Macau's business elite grow stronger

Macau's web of power

When Macau chief executive Dr Fernando Chui Sai-on's father, Chui Tak-seng, died in 1984, the former Portuguese enclave was a very different place than it is today.

8 May 2015 - 9:19am 3 comments

Macau residents get record 8,000 pataca handout

Macau Chief Executive Dr Fernando Chui Sai-on

Macau residents will receive their biggest cash handout next year since 2008 - 8,000 patacas for permanent residents and 4,800 for non-permanent ones, Chief Executive Dr Fernando Chui Sai-on said in his policy address yesterday, in which "Macau people, Macau land" was mentioned for the first time.

14 Nov 2012 - 4:35am 2 comments

Macau could seize luxury HK$20b La Scala site

The site of the HK$20 billion luxury La Scala development could be seized by the Macau government at the end of the corruption trial in which two Hong Kong tycoons are accused of paying a HK$20 million bribe to a disgraced top official.

Macau's chief executive, Fernando Chui Sai-on, declined yesterday to rule out his government seizing the five plots of land involved.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

No need to help Ho, lawmakers say

Stanley Ho Hung-sun may be suing a slew of relatives for 'improperly and/or illegally' seizing control of his gambling empire, but lawyers and lawmakers say the government has little ground for interfering in the family power struggle.

28 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Top officials' business interests pose hurdle to 'sunshine law' in Macau

A proposed 'sunshine law' requiring Macau officials to disclose their wealth faces a hurdle in the form of complex business interests at high levels of the government, analysts say.

Chief Executive Dr Fernando Chui Sai-on said last week he was considering a sunshine bill, echoing President Hu Jintao's call for a cleaner Macau government.

11 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Political Animal

'Angry old man' targets a fresh face

22 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Macau audit boss departure sparks difference of opinion

Macau's new leader and its outgoing chief auditor have given seemingly contradictory accounts of why the latter will lose her job.

25 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Out from the shadow of the family tree

In politics, family ties can be invaluable. Past and present members of the American 'political royalty' include the Adams, Tafts, Kennedys, Bushes and, of course, the Clintons. And, for us, we need to look no further than Macau.

3 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Tsang heaps praise on new counterpart

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen showered his designated Macau counterpart with praise yesterday, saying he had earned his place as the enclave's next leader.

Shortly after Fernando Chui Sai-on was formally declared the winner of the one-horse election race, Mr Tsang congratulated him in a brief statement.

27 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Candidate seeks to allay conflict-of-interest fears

The sole candidate in Macau's chief executive election, Fernando Chui Sai-on, will explain today how he intends to avoid conflicts of interest arising from his business-family background, according to his election office.

11 Jul 2009 - 12:00am