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Ho's political donations sparks casino rumors

19 February 2007

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Malaysia Sun: "Macau casino mogul Stanley Ho has become one of the biggest donors behind Australia's Labor Party, sparking talk of a new casino for Sydney.

"Ho has donated $109,000 to the ALP which contests the NSW state election next month.

"$48,000 of Ho's backing is to pay for the casino chief to have lunch with NSW Premier Morris Iemma.

"…Ho's interest in Sydney is possibly fermented by his partnership with Sydney-based James Packer whose company Publishing and Broadcasting is involved in two casino developments with the Ho family in Macau, including the Crown Macau due to open later this year…"

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