Proposal will ban Macau casinos’ involvement in electoral campaigns

A revision of the Legislative Assembly’s electoral law could see a ban on casino operators from playing any role in an electoral campaign, Macau New reports.

According to the proposal made public on Wednesday, gambling concessionaires “must not directly or indirectly intervene in the electoral campaign, nor take actions that somehow benefit or harm one candidacy over others”.

Casino operators in the past faced public backlash using their staff for electoral purposes.

In 2009, the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau issued a warning to SJM, after several of its dealers were seen wearing shirts supporting Angela Leong’s bid while working.

In the same year, Melco Crown workers received emails from the company soliciting support for Wong Seng Hong, a Melco consultant who was Leong’s number two.

In 2013, there was also criticism over casino operators using their shuttle buses to carry their staff to the voting polls.