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Rais: Allow sports betting

KUALA LUMPUR: Sports betting should be legalised to recognise the rights of non-Muslims, said Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim. The social rights of Malaysian non-Muslims were contained in the Federal Constitution, he said.

He said a special escrow account held by a non-governmental broker should be set up into which taxes collected from sports betting could be channelled and used for the welfare of needy non-Muslims.

“Whatever the Government’s taxes (from sports betting), use that fund for the good of the non-Muslim poor. The Muslims do not have to touch it,” he told a press conference yesterday.

Dr Rais also said sports betting should be strictly governed by a proper set of laws and regulations.

“I strongly believe it should come under a commission. Our Government must consider the best practices and mechanisms that are fair and just, instead of just giving a licence,” he said, adding that while he acknowledged the Muslims’ concerns, such activities should not be allowed to continue in the black market.

“Do you want the calamitous result of illegal sports betting, in which Muslims are joining in hordes? Or do you regulate it where Muslims are not involved?

“Allowing this in the black market where you can’t control it, you’ll be encouraging illegal acts,” he said, adding that instead of leading to more social problems, this should lessen it.

He also indirectly urged his Umno colleagues to look at sports betting objectively, not emotionally.

Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad also said he did not see the need to restrict people from indulging in activities not barred by their religions.

“We do not ban people from eating certain meats just because Muslims are barred by religion from eating them. So why should we restrict people from doing other things that are not against their religion?

“If I were still in the Government, I would approve the license for sports betting,” he said in Putrajaya.

Datuk Zambry Abd Kadir, who is Perak Umno chairman, stressed that Ascot Sports’ gambling licence should not have been approved as certain parties would take advantage of it “for political interests.”

“After discussing with the grassroots, Perak Umno stress that the issuance of licence was inappropriate,” he said after the Umno exco meeting here.

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