Macau Residents Organize Against LVS
A group of Macau residents, under the name "Concerned Macau Residents Group" have placed advertisements in local newspapers and put together a website (http://www.macauresidents.com) to gather enough signatures to request the Macau S.A.R. to:
to restore our pride injured by Sands Casino's declared preference for Singapore when they had been given great advantages by the Government to make big money in Macau; We want redress against Sands Casino for breach of its agreement with the Macau people.
The group plans to fight the trademark of "Cotai Strip" by LVS under the belief that it's origins - Coloane + Taipa (Co-Tai) - should be the property of the people, not a corporation.
They also take issue with LVS' halting of Cotai projects while continuing to go full steam ahead on Marina Bay Sands project in Singapore.
...why is Sands Casino, a Casino operator allowed to breach the Article 14 (1,2,3) of the Gaming License/Concessions by undertaking non casino related business to compete with existing Macau businesses. If it was a special favour, the Macau Government must now review its decision as Sands Casino has now openly shifted focus to Singapore, to develop a Casino resort to compete with Macau.
Gotta say that this is fascinating stuff and a great example of the people gathering together to make their voices heard. LVS has done a helluva lot to spoil the good graces of the people there, running roughshod over any and all agreements they have made.
FYI, doing a WHOIS lookup on the domain leads to "Domain Discreet" a service which registers domains via proxy to hide the owners name. The address is Avenida do Infante 50.
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