Fernando Chui

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Fernando Chui
Chui Sai On
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2nd Chief Executive of Macau
Assumed office
20 December 2009
Preceded by Edmund Ho Hau Wah
Macau Secretary for Social Affairs
and Culture
In office
20 December 1999 – 20 December 2009
Preceded by Antonio Salavessa da Costa
as Secretary for Communications, Tourism and Culture of Macau;
Alarcão Troni
as Secretary for Social Affairs and Budget of Macau
Succeeded by Cheong U
Personal details
Born (1957-01-13) 13 January 1957 (age 60)
Portuguese Macau
Nationality Chinese (Macau)
Spouse(s) Winnie Fok Wai-fun
Residence Macau
Alma mater California State University, University of Oklahoma
Occupation Civil servant
Chinese name
Chinese 崔世安

Fernando Chui Sai On (Chinese: 崔世安; pinyin: Cuī Shì'ān; born 13 January 1957) is the current Chief Executive of Macau, he was the 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, and thus does not speak it well. This was evident when he made his oath of acceptance as the Chief Executive of Macao in front of President Hu Jintao.

Chief Executive of Macau[edit]

Prior to his current position, Chui served as a member of the Fifth Legislative Assembly of the Macau Government.

In June 2009 Chui declared himself the sole candidate for Macau's chief executive election. 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). He assumed his new role as Chief Executive of Macau in December 2009.[2][3][4][5]

Election results[edit]

Legislative Assembly[edit]

Year Candidate Hare quota Mandate List Votes List Pct
1996 Fernando Chui Sai On (UDP) 3,271 №5/8 6,543 23.75%

Chief Executive[edit]

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


  • Executive manager and director of Medical and Health Department of the Tung Sin Tong Charitable Institution
  • President of Macau Jaycees
  • Executive Director of Macau Kiang Wu Hospital Charitable Association
  • board member of the Macau Eye-Bank Foundation
  • Vice President of the Association of the Management Professionals
  • Honorary President of the Association of Nursing Staff of Macau

Chui is also involved in youth and education causes including:

  • tutor in the Chamber of Commerce for International Youth
  • member of the Youth Committee of the Macau Government
  • headmaster of the Kiang Ping School
  • President of the Youth Association of the Kiang Wu Hospital
  • member and Standing Committee member of All-China Youth Federation


Chui has been linked to several scandals during his time as a minister of Edmund Ho's administration.[6]

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.[7][8] 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.[9]


  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). "FACTBOX – Five facts about Macau and new leader Fernando Chui". Reuters. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Macau's sole leadership candidate denies link to land deal". Google. AFP. 11 July 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Macao kicks off third-term chief executive election". Xinhua News Agency. 26 July 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Olczak, Nicholas (26 July 2009). "Incoming Macau Chief Brings Hopes of Casino Recovery (Update1)". Bloomberg. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Muhammad Cohen (25 June 2009). "Macau's election a sure bet". Asia Times. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  7. ^ May 2009&type=politics [dead link]
  8. ^ "Jornal Tribuna de Macau". Jtm.com.mo. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1942540/macau-leader-accused-favouritism-after-100m-yuan-university-donation
Political offices
Preceded by
Antonio Salavessa da Costa
as Secretary for Communications, Tourism and Culture
Macau Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture
Succeeded by
Cheong U
Preceded by
Alarcão Troni
as Secretary for Social Affairs and Budget
Preceded by
Edmund Ho Hau Wah
Chief Executive of Macau
Order of precedence
First Macau order of precedence
Chief Executive
Succeeded by
Sam Hou Fai
President of the Court of Final Appeal
Preceded by
CY Leung
Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR
Orders of precedence in the People's Republic of China
Chief Executive of Macau SAR