Macau (MNA) – No space for the development of gaming-related projects will be allowed on existing or future landfills established as part of the Macau SAR territory within the framework of the law proposal about the management of the city’s territorial waters, the government announced on Tuesday.
“There will be no exception for gaming in the law,” Leong Hing Teng, the MSAR Government spokesperson clarified to media during the press conference called to present the proposal.
In reply to questions raised by journalists, Mr. Leong added that the initiative to bar gaming from Zones A to E currently under development, as well as from any future projects of reclamation in MSAR territorial waters, originated from the local government and not Beijing.
The law proposal further stipulates that land reclamation projects will continue to be subject to request to and authorization by the central government.
Mr. Leong explained that the proposal would immediately be sent to the plenary for discussion, thereby noting that a timetable for approval could not be provided as of today, pending the work of the Legislative Assembly (AL).
The five chapters of the proposal presented on Tuesday include aims and guidelines, management, use, protection and development of the MSAR’s territorial waters.
In December 2015, the central government granted the MSAR Government jurisdiction rights over 85 square kilometres of maritime waters, a first in the city’s history.