Briefs | Fong Soi Kun to receive MOP80,000 per month

The former director of the Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG), Fong Soi Kun, is to receive a pension of approximately MOP80,000 per month.

A notice posted in the Official Gazette yesterday said that the government had approved the pension fund and that the amount reflects Fong’s 35 years serving in the government. It was previously reported that Fong might receive as much as MOP96,000 per month, provoking a mild backlash in public opinion. Then Secretary for Administration and Justice Sonia Chan floated the idea of revoking the pension fund altogether after she discovered that Fong had failed to give 90 days of notice before resigning. The Chief Executive announced Fong’s resignation in August last year in the aftermath of deadly Typhoon Hato. A Commission Against Corruption investigation into Fong’s handling of the weather phenomenon is currently underway.

The 13 delayed again, this time to June

The 13 Holdings Ltd has again delayed the opening date of its Macau-based luxury hotel, The 13 Hotel, now targeting to open its doors by the end of June this year. The latest revision was explained in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange this week, according to GGRAsia. Several opening deadlines have already passed for the would-be hotel operator. Most recently the company stated its intention to open the property “on or before” April 30, 2018, with representatives saying it was prepared to open with or without a casino. In February this year, the company said that its casino would probably not start operating until March 2019. The property’s name, The 13 Hotel, is an abbreviation of the 17th century French King Louis XIII. It had originally been scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2017.

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