Macau benefit bill due for final reading

    A controversial bill that will give Macau officials generous benefits is scheduled for its final reading on Tuesday. The legislation would grant the chief executive immunity from prosecution and will also pay a former CEO 70 percent of his salary for as long as he, or she, is unemployed. Other key officials will receive 30 percent of their pay if they were originally hired from the private sector, while those with a civil service background will get 14 percent. During the first year – when they will be barred from taking up private paid jobs – they will also get an additional payment worth 70 percent of their monthly salary. The proposed legislation has sparked street protests in the territory, which derived 81 percent of its fiscal income from the gambling industry last year.