Wednesday, May 12, 2010

My Malaysia

I read a book from the late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong. The owner of Genting Group, Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong did mentioned why the late Tunku Abdul Rahman and the government permitted him with the gambling license back in year 1970s

He stated that during those eras, there are lots of illegal gambling activities in Malaysia. By legalizing gambling, government can monitor all sorts of betting and minimizing illegal gambling activities. Starting from that day onwards, Genting in Malaysia has become one of the most successful gambling casinos in the world.

Today, in conjunction with the upcoming World Cup 2010… our trusted government wants to permit sports betting in Malaysia. The license will be given to Tan Sri Vincent Tan’s Ascot Sports Sdn. Bhd. and the betting will be operated at 200 out of 680 Sports Toto outlets offered by Berjaya Sports Toto Bhd. The reason to issue the license is part of steps taken to overcome illegal gambling and betting. The tax (enormous amount of it) can be collected by government and the revenue can be used to develop sports program in Malaysia. Currently, it is estimated that Malaysian place RM20 billion in bets a year to offshore and illegal bookie. If proper mechanism is worked out to legalize betting and gambling, our government can tap a huge amount of tax from this industry. After loosing a huge income from Penang and Selangor, this is some good news for certain party.

Isn’t this a de ja vu..? The late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong said, government granted Genting gambling license to minimize illegal gambling. Then in year 2010, the very same statement used by the government to justify their act to permit sport betting. If permitting crime will decrease the crime number, why in this lesson we learned the opposite? For me, the method taken to minimize the crime has failed to meet it objective.

Loan shark, Ah Long, Cheti Haram, the collapse of family institutional are all closely linked to gambling. It is true that gambling and betting can create a very handsome fortune but there are lots more dark side compares to good one. It is pity that our government lead by BN can’t see all these and just blinded by the money solely?

In case if Malaysian disobey or questioning the Sultan like what happened in Perak and Selangor, Pemuda BN will bravely come forward to be the Malay champion…lodging a police report, walking in a large groups as a symbolic of support received, handing over a formal disagreement letter to the related party/person, calling over all national television to express their displeased feeling against the party that questioning their Malay Sultan and the list goes on….I do hope that Pemuda BN will act the same because this issue is greater than the Sultan. The Quran prohibited it and so must we.

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