The popularity of Fernando Chui Sai-on is slowly picking up as the future leader of Macau reaches out to the community. Dr Chui, the sole candidate of Macau's chief executive poll this weekend, has met more than 20 social groups, held three open meetings with residents and visited the city's old streets in the past two weeks. He is to be elected by a 300-member committee on Sunday. Analysts said there had been a positive public response, as Dr Chui lends his ear to social problems. But an internet poll continues to suggest low popularity of the future leader among the general public. Eilo Yu Wing-yat, assistant professor of politics at the University of Macau, said strong criticism of Dr Chui had died down in the past two weeks as Macau people gradually came to terms with the only choice for their future leader. 'Local press coverage is very positive and voices of opposition are hardly heard,' Professor Yu said. 'It seems that society is slowly coming to accept the inevitable result of the election.' He said Macau people were hoping Dr Chui would bring them pleasant surprises when he took office. Political commentator Larry So Man-yum said Dr Chui was building up a positive image through public meetings designed to sell his election platform. Some leaders of social groups that had met Dr Chui said they were happy about his willingness to listen. Victor Lei, chairman of the International Logistics and Forwarding Association of Macau, said Dr Chui had promised favourable policies to support his industry in a meeting last week. 'He did not say exactly what policies. But we are holding out hope that there will be measures to help our sector.' Andy Wu Keng-kuong, president of the Travel Industry Council of Macau, said a meeting between Dr Chui and the tourism sector was very friendly and the future leader was open to suggestions. Dr Chui, the former culture minister, shut out potential opponents last month by winning over 286 of the privileged circle of 300 voters who form Macau's Election Committee. A candidate needs at least 50 nominations to run in the race. When the Election Committee members cast their ballots on Sunday, Dr Chui will need at least 151 votes to become Macau's new leader. But some groups hoping to speak to Dr Chui said they had been ignored. Veteran labour activist Ng Sek-io said his union had no opportunity to meet Dr Chui and that many workers had been barred from his so-called open meetings. 'He totally ignored us. We applied for all three open meetings but were allowed to attend none,' Mr Ng said. Residents had to pre-register to attend the open meetings. Mr Ng said people were arranged to fill seats and raise easy questions. And Dr Chui has so far declined to meet the New Macau Association led by democratic legislators Au Kam-san and Antonio Ng Kuok-cheong, citing a lack of time. Dr Chui has fallen far behind in the internet poll that asks people to choose from four frontrunners in the election. Of the 26,897 votes cast so far, chief prosecutor Ho Chio-meng has 21,164, or 78.7 per cent; finance minister Francis Tam Pak-yuen, 2,279; industrialist Ho Iat-seng 1,921; and Dr Chui 1,533, or 5.7 per cent. Although it has been rendered pointless by Dr Chui's apparent victory, the poll continues to attract voters, with a large number of ballots cast in the past two weeks. The poll is on Macauhero.com, an election-themed website created by residents. Its sample is so far the biggest among polls related to Macau's election, with each IP address limited to one vote. At one point last month, Dr Ho had 2,497 out of 3,889 votes, while Dr Chui had 460.