Angela Leong seeks to keep her seat at legislature

Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Issue 741, Page 3
Word count: 511
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Current directly elected lawmaker Angela Leong On Kei is determined to bid for another four-year term to speak for the local gaming industry at the Legislative Assembly.

Leong, being the first candidate on the list formed by the Macau Development Alliance, partners with Kent Wong Seng Hong, Daniel Fok Chi Chiu and other three to six members to run for the directly elected seats at the fourth Legislative Assembly Election to be held on September 20 this year.

The group’s trustee, Ambrose So Shu Fai, yesterday submitted voters’ signatures to the Public Administration and Civil Service Bureau to confirm its nominating committee’s legal existence.

Leong, 48, became a lawmaker in 2005, while her election partner Ambrose So Shu Fai failed to enter the legislative organ.

As being the wife of gaming mogul Stanley Ho Hung Sun, it’s not so much a surprise that Leong said she will uphold her beliefs and continue to strive for a sustainable development for Macau’s gaming industry.

“We’re concerned about the overall development of Macau especially its dominant business the gaming industry. We also hope to improve young people’s employment situation and living environment by fostering a balanced development in the gaming sector,” she said.

Leong said her team is “very confident” in the election and their target is “winning more seats the better”.

She also said that the names of other candidates will be announced later and they are from different backgrounds apart from gaming.

“We hope to bring the people’s voices to the Legislative Assembly, monitor the level of transparency in the process of policy making and especially help the gaming industry attain healthy growth,” Leong said.

“I think the legislature nowadays cannot yet fully reflect [the demands/voices of] the gaming industry,” she added.

Meanwhile, Candidate No. 2 Kent Wong Seng Hong, who has long been engaging in young affairs and is also a consultant to a gaming concessionaire, said through running for the election, he hoped to shed more light on what local youth demand.

“We shall let more young people learn about the advantages and disadvantages of gambling and be concerned about Macau’s future development as they are the pillars of society,” Wong said.

Ambrose So this year decided not to stand for the Assembly election again and instead became the trustee of the Macau Development Alliance.

“SJM [Sociedade de Jogos de Macau] got listed last year which still has a lot of work for me to do and requires me to work extra full time. I cannot assign enough time [for the election] even I wish to run for the election,” So said.

With having some new faces on the list this year, So said what matter is “the quality of the candidates, what they can do for Macau and whether they can win the support of local people”.

When asked his comment on the Macanese community preparing to form a team to join the race, he said it is a good initiative as “we should get more people involved and to pay more attention to the future development of Macau”.

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