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Fernando Chui Sai-on
Fernando Chui Sai On.jpg
Chui in 2004
2nd Chief Executive of Macau
In office
20 December 2009 – 20 December 2019
Chinese PremierWen Jiabao
Li Keqiang
Secretary of Administration and JusticeSonia Chan
Preceded byHo Hau-wah
Succeeded byHo Iat-seng
Macau Secretary for Social Affairs
and Culture
In office
20 December 1999 – 20 December 2009
Chief ExecutiveHo Hau-wah
Preceded byAntonio Salavessa da Costa
as Secretary for Communications, Tourism and Culture of Macau;
Alarcão Troni
as Secretary for Social Affairs and Budget of Macau
Succeeded byCheong U
Personal details
Born (1957-01-13) 13 January 1957 (age 65)
Portuguese Macau
NationalityChinese (Macau)
Spouse(s)Winnie Fok Wai-fun
Alma materCalifornia State University, Sacramento
University of Oklahoma
OccupationCivil servant
Chinese name

Fernando Chui Sai-on GCM GML (Chinese: 崔世安; Jyutping: Ceoi1 Sai3 On1; born 13 January 1957) is a Macau politician who served as the 2nd Chief Executive of Macau from 2009 to 2019. He served as Secretary for Social and Cultural Affairs from 1999 to 2009.

Chui was born in 1957 to local construction tycoon Chui Tak-seng and Chan Keng-fan, the second son after Chui Sai-cheong. His wife is a niece of the late Hong Kong tycoon Henry Fok Ying-tung.


In Macau, Chui attended Lingnan High School and then finished high school at Hawaiian Mission Academy in Honolulu before pursuing his post-secondary education. Chui obtained his university training in the United States where he obtained his various degrees:

He was guest professor at the Huanan Teachers Training University.

Due to studying in the United States at a younger age, Chui did not have the opportunity to study Mandarin (Putonghua), and thus does not speak it well. This was evident when he made his oath of acceptance as Chief Executive of Macao in front of Chinese leader Hu Jintao.

Chief Executive of Macau

Prior to becoming Chief Executive, Chui served as a member of the 5th Legislative Assembly of Macau.

In June 2009 Chui was declared to be the sole candidate for the position of Macau's chief executive. He was nominated by 286 members of the 300-member election committee. On election day, 26 July 282 committee members voted for Chui (14 blank, 4 abstention), and was subsequently appointed by Wen Jiabao, Premier of China. He assumed his new role as Chief Executive of Macau in December 2009.[2][3][4][5]

On 31 August 2014, Chui was re-elected as Macau's Chief Executive with 380 votes from the 400-member election committee.[6] Meanwhile, 7,762 Macau residents voted having no confidence in Chui becoming the Chief Executive in an unofficial "referendum".[7]

List of policy addresses

Year English title Portuguese title Chinese title
2017 Development Plan in Progress for Building a Perfect Home "Implementação Progressiva do Planeamento, Construção Conjunta de um Bom Lar" 逐步落實規劃 共建美好家園
2016 Boosting the economy, focusing on livelihoods, and ensuring stable development "Impulsionar a economia, promover o bem-estar da população, consolidar o desenvolvimento" 促經濟 重民生 穩發展
2015 Coordinate planning to ensure stable development Converge collective wisdom to open new chapters "Coordenar o planeamento, promover o desenvolvimento estável Reunir sabedorias da sociedade, alcançar conjuntamente novos progressos" 統籌規劃 穩健發展 匯聚民智 同創新篇
2014 Enhance Underlying Strength and Promote Sustainable Development "Aumentar a capacidade global e promover o desenvolvimento sustentável" 增強綜合實力 促進持續發展 Archived 4 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine
2013 Enhance the Well-being of Society and Prepare for Long-term Development "Melhorar o bem-estar da população e planear o desenvolvimento a longo prazo" 增進民生福祉 立足長遠發展
2012 Promoting Adequate Diversification of the Economy and Raising Overall Standard of Living Promover a diversificação adequada da economia e elevar a qualidade de vida da população 推動經濟適度多元 提高民生綜合水平
2011 Adopting a Scientific Approach to Public Administration; Drawing a Blueprint for Future Development "Desenvolvimento concertado e progresso harmonioso" 落實科學施政 規劃發展藍圖
2010 Coordinated Development in Harmony "Desenvolvimento concertado e progresso harmonioso" 協調發展 和諧共進

Election results

Legislative Assembly

Year Candidate Hare quota Mandate List Votes List Pct
1992 Fernando Chui Sai-on (UPD) 3,271 No.5/8 6,543 23.75%

Chief Executive

Year Candidate Votes Pct
2009 Fernando Chui Sai-on 282 95.27%
2014 Fernando Chui Sai-on 380 96.95%


Chui is also involved in youth and education causes including:


Chui has been linked to several scandals during his time as a minister of Edmund Ho's administration.[8]

Most notably, the East Asian Games in 2005 were run under Chui's portfolio and put him in the midst of the Ao Man Long scandal. The games ran over budget by 70%. Ao allegedly received a MOP50 million (US$6.2 million) bribe in connection with the construction contract for the games' centerpiece, the Macau Dome indoor arena. Overall, that project wound up costing MOP640 million, MOP285 million over budget. As a result, he was extremely unpopular amongst the pro-democracy camp even before he was elected as the chief executive.[9][10] In 2016, Chui was caught up in allegations of transferring Macau's reserves to the mainland. He was accused of favouritism after the Macau Foundation – a quasi-official foundation of which he is chairman and of which his brother heads the supervisory board – donated 100 million yuan ($15.4 million) of public money to Jinan University in Guangzhou, of which he is deputy head of the board. The Macanese government said that the donation was made in return for China's long-standing support to the SAR.[11]



  1. ^ a b Cheng, Jonathan (27 July 2009). "Macau Picks Chief in Time of Transition". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  2. ^ Pomfret, James (26 July 2009). Macfie, Nick (ed.). "FACTBOX – Five facts about Macau and new leader Fernando Chui". Reuters. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  3. ^ Hui, Polly (11 July 2009). "Macau's sole leadership candidate denies link to land deal". Agence France-Presse. Archived from the original on 12 March 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Macao kicks off third-term chief executive election". Xinhua News Agency. 26 July 2009. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  5. ^ Olczak, Nicholas; Smith, Shelley (26 July 2009). "Incoming Macau Chief Brings Hopes of Casino Recovery (Update1)". Bloomberg. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  6. ^ Stuart Lau (14 August 2014). "Macau's Fernando Chui re-elected chief executive in unopposed poll". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  7. ^ Jeffie Lam (3 September 2014). "90pc don't trust Macau leader, says 'referendum'". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  8. ^ Cohen, Muhammad (25 June 2009). "Macau's election a sure bet". Asia Times Online. Archived from the original on 6 July 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2012.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  9. ^ "HOME".
  10. ^ Neves, Patrícia (8 August 2009). "Associação entregou petição e quer explicações do governo na AL" [Association delivered petition and wants explanations from the government in the legislative assembly]. Jornal Tribuna de Macau (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 26 February 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  11. ^ Lau, Stuart (8 May 2016). "Macau leader accused of 'favouritism' after 100m yuan university donation". South China Morning Post.
  12. ^ "Cidadãos Estrangeiros Agraciados com Ordens Portuguesas" [Foreign Citizens Awarded with Portuguese Orders]. Página Oficial das Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas [Official webpage of the Portuguese Honorary Orders] (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Government announces decorations and medals for 2020". Government of Macau. 19 December 2020. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
Political offices Preceded byEdmund Ho Hau Wah Chief Executive of Macau 2009–2019 Succeeded byHo Iat Seng Preceded byAntonio Salavessa da Costaas Secretary for Communications, Tourism and Culture Macau Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture 1999–2009 Succeeded byCheong U Preceded byAlarcão Tronias Secretary for Social Affairs and Budget Order of precedence First Macau order of precedenceChief Executive Succeeded bySam Hou FaiPresident of the Court of Final Appeal Preceded byCY LeungChief Executive of Hong Kong SAR Orders of precedence in the People's Republic of ChinaChief Executive of Macau SAR Incumbent