Gaming-linked candidates tout social fund, workers’ rights

Macau’s sixth Legislative Assembly elections will take place on Sunday, with gaming-related candidates proposing more concessions, a social fund and better workers’ rights as part of their platforms. Seven out of the 24 candidate groups competing for the 14 directly elected seats come from the industry. It’s the largest field ever to contest the elections. Results will be announced on Monday. Twelve seats are filled from functional constituencies, while seven are appointed by the chief executive. The most controversial of the gaming-linked candidate groups is that of the operator of the Golden Dragon Hotel and Casino, legislator Chan Meng Kam. The businessman’s candidate group won a record three seats in the last election, despite later court rulings of vote buying and other vote-winning tactics. In a surprise move, the legislator is not running in this year’s election, with speculation he is seeking a higher office. Chan Meng Kam’s list has divided into two...

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