Its deputy minister Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussein had said that if the government had not given the licence, illegal betting would still take place without proper control and monitoring by the authorities.
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
Awang Adek is a former banker. He knows credits (plusses) and debits (minuses). Unfortunately, in politics, the credits and debits do not lend themselves to an exact science. You may offer the public a reasoning which to you, appear to be Ok, but turns out to be a (dis)credit to your own political fortunes.
Consider his answer as to why the sports betting licence was given. He has to suffer the collateral damage. One day as he alighted from his car to attend an UMNO function, someone shouted- ok- sesiapa nak lessen KTM( kuda, toto, Magnum ) tauke sudah datang!
We accept this infantile reasoning. We give the sports betting licence (which has since been resold) making money for the brief licence holder and whoever has shares in the deal. The reasoning behind is interesting.
If the government had not given licence, (1) illegal betting would still take place (b) no control and (c) monitoring. Hence the licence was given because the government wanted to limit illegal gambling and it can monitor and control.
Who does the monitoring? Who does the control? This licence is given for how many years?
Will this open the floodgates? Can the same principles of limiting/confining, monitoring and control be applied to prostitution? Because we can go up to Awang Adek and say, if you don't give licence, illegal prostitution will take place.
The government knows that prostitution in all sorts of forms and guises take place in hot Malaysia and therefore, applying the same principles by which Awang Adek explains away to justify giving the sports betting licence, this government must also award a licence to the warehouses whorehouses in Malaysia.
Like the person who says he's not a politician but merely presenting the facts, I take leave to say, I am a politician, but I can also present the facts.
The real reasons, we have to look elsewhere. Maybe someone has invested a lot of money to ensure a certain political outcome. When the planned outcome becomes a reality, the person/s who has invested millions of Ringgit into that plan, comes a calling to ask for a payback. Maybe, just maybe, this award of the betting licence is just one portion of the payback.Awang Adek knows the real reasons but risks his intellectual credibility by coming out with a banal reason.