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The Macau Metro Monitor, March 2, 2012

CALLS FOR GAMING BAN ON CASINO STAFF Macau Daily Times

Some lawmakers have called on the government to extend the gaming ban on public servants to casino staff, as part of a draft bill on restrictions for access, stay and gaming in casinos.  The draft law, which applies to slot parlours,  raises the minimum age to enter and work inside a casino from 18 to 21. 

The law proposal was discussed at the Legislative Assembly’s first standing committee yesterday but the suggestion gathered no consensus.  Lawmakers are now waiting for the Administration to put forward the final version of the bill before signing their report. The proposal could be ready for voting in April.

NO INCOME SUBSIDY RAISE DESPITE INFLATION Macau Daily Times

The Macau Executive Council kept the income subsidy scheme of helping low-salary permanent residents flat YoY at MOP 4,400 despite inflation reaching almost 6% in the last 12 months.  “There are other measures launched by the government to alleviate low-income earners’ living pressure,” Executive Council spokesperson Leong Heng Teng said.