MACAO, August 3 – The 2021 annual report of the Macau Anti-Corruption Commission has been published in the Official Gazette of the Macao Special Administrative Region today (3rd August). It is highlighted in the report that in 2021, despite the recurring and ever-changing outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the CCAC maintained its efforts to move its work forward in an orderly manner with the aim of accomplishing its various tasks with all – excluding effort.
In 2021, the CCAC has focused on safeguarding clean elections by fully preparing in advance and deploying extensive resources for oversight of Legislative Assembly elections. Despite deploying a series of publicity activities, the CCAC also provided various platforms and channels to receive complaints or election reports. He also took the initiative to inspect different types of premises where electoral corruption was likely to occur, focusing on catering activities and activities where civic associations provided gifts and allowances to the elderly. Following the elections, a total of 13,089 checks were carried out and 28 investigation files were opened, including four investigation files and two minor offense files. Summaries of some cases have been included in the report. The CCAC stresses that it promptly investigated and dealt with cases of election-related illegalities in accordance with law, achieving the effect of all-out prevention and suppression before, throughout the process and afterwards.
During the year, the CCAC received a total of 712 complaints or reports, of which 179 related to elections. After collecting and consolidating complaints or reports with the same objectives, the files meeting the conditions to be archived were sent to the Anti-Corruption Office and the Office of the Ombudsman for follow-up work, i.e. a total of 119 and 226 respectively. . . In addition, a total of 310 files that did not meet the conditions for inclusion in the file were archived or transferred to other competent departments for processing.
As far as the fight against corruption is concerned, the CCAC not only succeeded in tracking down a former leader of the former Bureau of Lands, Works and Transport (currently the Bureau of Lands and Urban Constructions) who had lived for a long in mainland China, but also detected multiple cases involving professional offenses and disciplinary offenses committed by public officials as well as corruption cases in the private sector. In addition, in 2021, there was a clear decrease in cases of fraud on various public funds compared to previous years, proving the effectiveness of the aggressive crackdown on fraud on public funds that the CCAC has been carrying out for many years. and the constant improvement of system construction.
With regard to the actions of the ombudsman, a few files with identical or similar objectives have been grouped together and dealt with together by the CCAC and the global investigation mechanism has been adopted. The result is a reduction in the backlog of files and the CASC has also been able to identify and analyze the administrative phenomena observed in certain files, which has enabled it to make suggestions to the services or administrative bodies concerned in a unified manner. The CCAC found that many complaints stem from a lack of communication and insufficient transparency of information, and therefore suggested that the departments or administrative bodies concerned strengthen communication with residents. It is commendable that the departments or administrative bodies concerned have readily accepted the opinions of the CCAC and that some of them have even positively initiated inter-ministerial cooperation and communication mechanisms. The CCAC has also included these cases in the “retrospective review” list as appropriate in order to review and track relevant improvements in a timely manner.
In 2021, the CCAC continued to optimize the complaint management mechanism by introducing the service for real-name complainants to inquire about the progress of treatment in the online complaint system, further increasing public confidence in the work of the CCAC and nurturing their own and responsible sense of reporting. The CCAC says it understands that some citizens expect the complaints system through which their issues can be resolved in a thorough manner. However, it should be clarified that the CCAC investigates the facts as an independent third party with the aim of inducing the services to take corrective action in the event of illegalities or administrative irregularities, but this act will not suspend or extend the period within which the interested party has the right to raise objections and legal remedies with the competent services. Therefore, citizens still need to seize the time to protect their own rights through other means conferred by law at the same time.
For advertising and education, in 2021, the CCAC not only focused on launching clean election advertising activities, but also continued its efforts to roll out clean election advertising activities for secondary and elementary schools. as well as the public and private sectors. In terms of exchange and cooperation, in order to fit in with the policies to fight the pandemic, the CASC has changed its old ways of conducting exchanges. Instead, he mostly participated in meetings, seminars, and online trainings. As the pandemic in mainland China and Macao is relatively stable in 2021, in January and February, the CCAC successively visited the nine municipalities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to visit the Provincial Control Commissions and Guangdong Discipline Supervision. and other municipal inspection and discipline control commissions. In addition, he undertook a study tour to anti-corruption education bases and other enterprises that served as models of integrity in different places.
The annual report was submitted to the Director General, Ho Iat Seng, in accordance with the Macao Special Administrative Region Anti-Corruption Commission Organic Law. Summaries of some of the cases handled by the Anti-Corruption Office and the Office of the Ombudsman have been included. The full text of the annual report can be downloaded from the CCAC website.