Macau-based gaming scholar Davis Fong Ka Chio has been appointed by Macau’s Chief Executive as a member of the city’s Legislative Assembly. The announcement was made on Wednesday by the Macau government in a press release.
Mr Fong (pictured in a file photo) heads the University of Macau’s Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming. He was involved in the Macau government’s “mid-term” review report of the local casino industry, disclosed in May 2016.
In Macau, 14 seats in the legislative body are apportioned via direct election; 12 seats via indirect elections; and seven seats by appointment at the discretion of the city’s incumbent Chief Executive. The elections for the direct and indirect seats took place on September 17.
The new Legislative Assembly members are expected to take office in October for a four-year term. One of the important topics legislators are likely to discuss during the term of the new Legislative Assembly is the possible extension of gaming rights for Macau’s current gaming concessions and sub-concessions.
The present three concessions and three sub-concessions expire on various dates in either 2020 or 2022. They can be extended in increments of time to a maximum of five extra years from the time of their original expiry. After that, a new concession process must take place, involving a new public tender.
Mr Fong is not the only member of Macau’s Legislative Assembly with ties to the local gaming sector. Others include directly-elected lawmakers Angela Leong On Kei, an executive director of Macau casino operator SJM Holdings Ltd and fourth consort of Stanley Ho Hung Sun; and Zheng Anting, a local junket representative.
Chan Meng Kam – a veteran legislator and local casino boss born in the mainland’s Fujian province – did not run for re-election this year. But Mr Chan campaigned on behalf of the ticket of lawmakers Si Ka Lon and Song Pek Kei: both were re-elected.
Other Chief Executive-appointed legislators – as announced on Wednesday by the Macau government – include: businessman Ma Chi Seng; management scholar Pang Chuan; civil engineer Wu Chou Kit; economy scholar Joey Lao Chi Ngai; law scholar Iau Teng Pio; and local lawyer Chan Wa Keong.
Wednesday’s government release on the new Chief Executive-appointed lawmakers did not give reasons for the respective appointments.
Aug 16, 2018Food and drink have been heavily marketed as part of Macau...
Jun 27, 2018Macau’s gaming law needs to be amended in order to...
Jun 25, 2018Electronic casino game distributor Asia Pioneer...
Sep 18, 2018The Macau government has yet to consider whether to make it compulsory for local casinos to suspend operations when Typhoon Signal No.8 or above is hoisted by the local weather bureau. So said on...
”Given that the blanket casino closure [in Macau due to Typhoon Mangkhut] happened on an all-important weekend day… we expect that somewhere between MOP1.1 billion [US$136.2 million] and MOP1.5 billion in GGR will be lost”
Analyst at Union Gaming Securities Asia