IPIM President suspended and under investigation

The president of the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) has been suspended and is under investigation for his alleged involvement in crimes related to applications for residence permits in the Special Administrative Region. The information is part of a press release issued by the Anti-Corruption Commissioner's Office (CCAC).

In addition to Jackson Chang, the police are also investigating an IPIM executive director and a former deputy director of the IPM Legal and Residency Office, who was currently serving as department head at the Pension Fund; according to the CCAC, both suspects have been suspended.

"After an investigation conducted by the CCAC, [the three suspects] were sent yesterday [Thursday] to the relevant judicial body for alleged crimes related to the assessment and authorization of applications for 'immigration through real estate investment', 'immigration through relevant investments', and 'immigration through the taking up of residence by specialized technicians,' the CCAC explained.

As a coercive measure, the suspects have also been prohibited from leaving the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR).

Meanwhile, the Government Spokesperson's Office has issued a statement saying that the MSAR Government "attaches great importance to this issue and will support and collaborate, as always, with the CCAC investigation, reasserting its zero-tolerance policy concerning any acts of corruption committed by public servants."

The document also states that the Chief Executive has requested the Secretary for Economy and Finance to submit an investigation report and "suggestions for the revision of the legal framework" pertaining to those matters (immigration through relevant investments and immigration through the taking up of residence by specialized technicians).

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