China’s top Macau official plunges to death in fall

China's top representative in Macau Zheng Xiao-song has fallen to his death from the building where he lived, according to the statement released by The Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of China's State Council.

Macau, Oct 22-China says its head representative to Macau Zheng Xiao-song(鄭曉松) has died on Saturday (Oct 20) after falling from the building where he lived.

Zheng “fell to his death from his Macau residence on the evening of October 20, 2018 due to depression”, the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council said.

It did not give further details, but the wording suggested Zheng had killed himself.

Zheng Xiao-song, who was 59, the director of China’s liaison office in semi-autonomous Macau, assumed his post in September 2017 and is a member of the ruling Communist Party’s Central Committee. Macau operates under the same “One Country, Two Systems” principle that governs Hong Kong.

The former Portuguese territory’s economy has boomed over the past decade as supercharged growth in the casino industry transformed the seedy backwater into a glitzy gambling powerhouse.

However, there are many Chinese officials committed suicide in recent years. At least six government and Communist Party officials in China committed suicide by jumping off tall buildings or cutting wrist within May, said the report in the leading China’s state media Global Times tabloid, adding that the tally of such suicides between 2009 and 2017 is now 283.

“Chinese officials are actually in a hazardous job,” analysts said. “It’s not easy to keep on climbing the ladder, unless you already have powerful backing.”

The director of Macau’s judiciary police said they were investigating Zheng’s death.