Macau’s Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) noted in its 2019 annual working report that it had received an increasing number of complaints and tip-offs relating to gaming operators and large-scale hotels.
Released on Wednesday and submitted to Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng, the CCAC annual report mainly focused on its work and investigations in the public sector, but also emphasized efforts to combat corruption in private companies.
“A growing trend is complaints and reports about the management of gaming companies and large hotels, which mainly involved irregular acts in the processes of construction project tendering, procurement of goods and recruitment and promotion of personnel,” the Commissioner Against Corruption, Chan Tsz King, pointed out in the report.
The CCAC vowed to continue paying attention to “the risk of bribery in the private sector which possibly arises from such problems,” in order to “enhance the integrity management and healthy development of private companies.”
However, the entire report mentioned only one specific case involving a gaming operator, whereby the operator reported to the CCAC that several employees were suspected of buying medical certificates from a particular doctor without undergoing a medical consultation. The medical certificates were then submitted to the company between January and October 2017 to apply for sick leave.
Those suspicions were recently confirmed by the CCAC with the case handed over to the Public Prosecutions Office in December 2019.