Fiedler files request asking for details on Cotai land rights

The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) yesterday submitted a public records request to two government bodies in Macau asking for information regarding the commitment of land rights in Cotai to individuals from Beijing.
In the letters addressed to the chief executive Chui Sai On and the secretary for Transport and Public Works Lau Si Io, IUOE representative Jeffrey Fiedler requested from the respective bodies all documentation covering communications with and references to the Macau firms Tien Chiao Entertainment and Investment Company (“Tien Chiao”) and Companhia de Entretenimento e Investimento Chinese Limitada, as well as several individuals, including Jose Cheong Vai Chi (also known as “Cliff Cheong”), Ho Ho and Zhang Luchuan.
As previously reported by the Times, IUOE alleges that Wynn Resorts agreed to pay Tien Chiao USD50 million for Ho Ho’s group to relinquish their Cotai land rights in order for Wynn to develop its own resort casino on the property.
Jeffrey Fiedler wants the government to “provide an explanation about how this group from Beijing acquired this initial commitment for the land in Cotai.”
According to the U.S. trade union, the request “may shed light on whether any other competing groups, aside from the Ho Ho group, sought these initial Cotai land rights from then-Macau Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah, or whether the Ho Ho group had an exclusive commitment.”
IUOE’s recently launched website Cotai Land Deal has been seen by Wynn Resorts as another attempt by Jeffrey Fiedler to “bully” the company.
In a recent reply to the Times via email, Wynn Resorts stressed that “this website is the latest effort in Mr Fiedler’s attempts to bully Wynn Resorts and our employees into supporting the Operating Engineers Union.”
Jeffrey Fiedler was the initiator of “CasinoLeaks-Macau”, a website promising to release information on organized crime, which shut down six months after its launch. He is also the director of special projects within IUOE.

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