Leong Man Ion (pictured), deputy director of Macau’s casino regulator – the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, also known as the DICJ – is stepping down from the position, according to an official dispatch published on Wednesday in the government’s Official Gazette.
The notice was part of an announcement saying Mr Leong had been granted long-term unpaid leave, from March 25, 2021 to October 20, 2022. It gave no explanation for Mr Leong’s unpaid leave.
GGRAsia approached DICJ for a comment on the organisational change, but had not received a reply by the time this story went online.
According to the Official Gazette announcement, Mr Leong will cease to be DICJ’s deputy director, returning to his previous position at the regulator as a senior technical advisor, starting from Thursday (January 7).
In Macau, officials at director or deputy director level in government departments typically are engaged on either one-year or two-year appointments, that may be renewed. His most recent stint had been a one-year renewal, starting on January 7, 2020.
Mr Leong – who was trained as an accountant and auditor – was first appointed deputy director of the gaming regulator in January 2009. He joined the body in 1990.
A new director, Adriano Marques Ho, took the helm of DICJ in June. Mr Ho served previously as an advisor to the city’s Secretary for Security.