Macau should not be like this

The effects of Typhoon Hato were the strongest to be felt in Macau this century and possibly for the last three decades. Only serving to prove how Macau’s money has been lavished - by the hundreds of millions of patacas, billions of patacas - on mostly private and commercial institutions, in support of associations (some of them connected to political decision makers) and what passes as infrastructure.
In recent years, Macau has been lucky not to have felt the fury of the region’s infamous typhoons, which have sidestepped the city. Maybe that’s why the authorities have relaxed the already relaxed work they normally do.
A direct hit and the impact of insufficient infrastructure investment have revealed what has long been known but which few seem to care about: heavy flooding, lengthy power outages, and serious damage to the entire city as a result of poor or insufficient maintenance of public spaces.
It’s shameful.
The little investment that is made in the city is lost in a labyrinth of interests, with public works taking four and five times longer and costing many times the estimated cost. With second-rate materials that shortly afterwards reveal what nobody investigates: streets that collapse, windows that are torn from their frames, roofs that disappear. And no-one takes responsibility. No-one demands dismissal. Nobody wants to know because the autonomy enacted by the Basic Law - and the fact that Macau is not a political problem for Beijing, yet - dissolves the guilt through the mists of the following dawn.
With its coffers overflowing, the problem of Macau remains the same: certain elites continue to fill their pockets without the slightest tinge of conscience because there is no accountability. And it is better that some problems continue to be swept under the rug. And because the government manages to placate the justifiable wrath of the citizenry with small subsidies and supports, crumbs that deceive a population already of itself without a great political conscience and little motivated to demand what would be legitimate: good governance in a city that has everything to become a truly exemplary example of development.
Not this!