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The U-turn decision makes UMNO is sensitive to voices of rakyat while MCA and MIC are being portrayed as donkeys who polishing the wrong ball.

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PM: Govt not issuing sports betting licence to Ascot (Update)
By ZUHRIN AZAM AHMAD

KUALA LUMPUR: The government will not be issuing a sports betting licence to Ascot Sports Sdn Bhd, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced on Friday night.

The Prime Minister said although the government had in principal approved the licence, it decided not to proceed with it after taking into consideration the feedback from all layers of the community.

“The feedback clearly showed that the majority of the people disagreed that a betting licence should be issued.

“This was discussed at the (supreme council) meeting and the council supported the decision unanimously,” he told a press conference after chairing the meeting on Friday night.

Najib said Ascot Sdn Bhd had been informed of the decision.

“They accepted it,” he said, and added that since the approval was only in principal, any issue of compensation to the company did not arise as the Finance Ministry had the absolute right to withdraw its decision.

Najib also said the government was not too concerned about the economic impact resulting from the decision.

MCA, MIC have no objection to strictly regulated sports betting
By A. LETCHUMANAN and SEREAN LAU

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC and MCA have no objection against legalised sports betting but insist on strict guidelines to regulate the industry.

MIC urged the Government to make sure only non-Muslims were allowed to indulge in sports betting.

In a press statement, its president Datuk Seri Samy Vellu said: “I think it should be allowed as it will help curb illegal betting.

“Sports betting is not something new as other forms of legalised bettings are already in place for non-Muslims.”

Samy Vellu said it was better to regulate sports betting so that rules would be drawn and strictly adhered to.

“It will also ensure the non-Muslims are aware of the rules governing it. By legalising sports betting, we are curbing irresponsible people from deceiving the people of their money,” he said.

Samy Vellu said the taxes collected from sports betting could be used for certain permissible non-Muslim charitable purpose.

“There should be no cause for alarm,” he said.

MCA vice-president Gan Ping Sieu said the party supported the licence for sports gaming but stringent rules must be imposed to regulate the industry.

He added gaming licence could help the Government to regulate and reduce rampant illegal gambling.

“The strict controls on gaming license is to reduce the activity as it’s excessive. The reality is that sports betting is not a new activity.

“It’s happening all around us, in the office, coffee shops and online. And it’s been going on for years and has extended beyond national borders, thanks to the Internet,” he said.

Gan added the issue of legalising sports betting was not new, and it was not right for the Opposition to generate so much debate on the issue.

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