TAKE A CHANCE ON ME Empty gambling tables are seen at The Londoner casino resort in Macau on Oct. 20, 2022. AFP PHOTO
HONG KONG: When Pinky Tam lost her job in Macau last year, she found herself among the many thousands cast adrift as the city’s casino industry crumbled beneath the twin forces of politics and the coronavirus pandemic.
The former Portuguese colony has been limping for nearly three years as Covid-19 restrictions have kept away mainland Chinese tourists, depriving the gaming sector of its chief revenue source and tanking the wider economy.
“Back when things were good, it would be almost too crowded to walk,” Tam, who used to work at gambling operator Suncity Group, recalled of the narrow streets leading from the Ruins of Saint Paul’s, Macau’s most famous landmark.
“Now you can find maybe one or two locals passing through. I think the people of Macau are frustrated about the economy and future prospects,” she told Agence France-Presse (AFP).
The crisis comes at a sensitive t