GAMING: Angela Leong against foreign croupiers
Angela Leong, the re-elected lawmaker and director of SJM, has made it clear that she doesn’t support the opening of casino dealer positions to foreign workers, and asked the government to protect the job opportunities of locals.
Ms Leong said that the local graduates could become the new blood of the local gambling industry. She suggested that rather than importing foreign workers, the government should instead focus on prompting the gaming operators to set up a mature and reasonable mechanism for local employees to shift to senior positions, in order to provide more promotion opportunities for locals. This, Ms Leong claimed, allowed local graduates to see the future development of the industry so that they would join it and improve the competiveness of the city.
The director pointed out that many residents have finished the dealer training course and started working in the industry. Recent training courses are always full showing that there are a sufficient amount of residents willing to work as dealers. Therefore, Ms Leong argued that the government should provide more resources for on-the-job training in order to improve the professionalism of casino employees, and reward locals who have the experience and capability to move-
up and take up senior positions. She argued that this would motivate the casino employees and improve their sense of belonging.
Ambrose So, CEO of SJM, previously said that it is too early to tell whether there would be a shortage on dealers for the new Cotai casino projects also claiming that SJM had no stance on the prohibition of foreign croupiers.
The Chief Executive Chui Sai On has reiterated the policy of the government and said that the ban on importing foreign dealers is “a promise” and will stay the same during his tenure. JPL
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