Construction workers clash with police in Macau protest More than 100 construction workers and unemployed people in Macau clashed with anti-riot police during a march to the office of the Labour Affairs Bureau yesterday. They demanded to see the head of the bureau and called for better protection for workers and tighter curbs on illegal workers who, they said, were pushing them out of their jobs. Clashes broke out when police officers tried to take down their details. Protesters tried to leap over a metal barricade. About 200 officers were deployed, half of them in riot gear. They removed at least four protesters. A woman who felt unwell was taken to hospital. Commission to discuss HK role in mainland's development The Commission on Strategic Development, an advisory body chaired by Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, will discuss what role the city should play in the development of the mainland when it meets next Monday. A paper issued to members before the meeting notes there has been a relative drop in Hong Kong's share of foreign direct investment on the mainland, from a peak of about 70 per cent to 44 per cent in 2008. Exports of services to the mainland grew an average 11.4 per cent between 2003 and 2008, against average economic growth of 6.3 per cent over the same period. Target date for new MTR stations The MTR Corp expects to complete its Kwun Tong Line extension to connect Yau Ma Tei station with new stations at Ho Man Tin and Whampoa by 2015. Ho Man Tin station will be on the Valley Road Estate, while the Whampoa station will be in Tak On Street, the Transport and Housing Bureau said. The bureau proposes building a pedestrian link connecting the Oi Man and Ho Man Tin housing estates to Ho Man Tin station. Consumer confidence weakens Consumer confidence fell in the first three months of the year in Hong Kong, Macau and the mainland, according to a survey carried out by universities in the region. Consumer confidence rose for a fourth consecutive quarter in Taiwan but was still lower than in the rest of China, it found.