t last month's annual Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia trade show and conference in Macau, lawyer Luis Melo expressed doubt that the proposal would pass the legislature this year. "There are changes needed, but no political will to do so," Melo, a partner in MdME Lawyers and former general counsel for a casino operator, said.
This political failure gives an opening to Macau's six casino licensees to step up and do something good for themselves and for their standing in the community. Or the casinos can view the issue from a different angle and get a completely different outcome.
The age issue goes beyond the high-profile 2007 case of a 16-year-old Hong Konger winning a us$ 95,377 jackpot and has a direct impact on the key labor issues that dictate the pace and scope of Macau's development. The age for entering a casino also dictates the age for working in a casino.