Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Lesen KTM-kuda, toto dan magnum



 

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.

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.

21 comments:

donplaypuks® 1 June 2010 10:27  

Opening the floodgates? You betcha!!

Even as you write, you can bet your bottom dollar that Magnum and Tanjong are busy putting the finishing touches to proposals to the MoF for betting licences. There's no way they are going to let Vincent Tan and Berjaya steal a march on them!!

And there can only be 1 reason the Govt is not charging Vincent Tan and B Corp a hefty $500 million licence fee. Quid pro quo!!

As far back as 2005 or 2006, Berjaya threw a birthday party for Maha Firaun attended too by the Rosemajibs. The slepping PM was nowhere to be seen!! More than that, the sleeping PM withdrew Berjaya's Casino licence at Bukit. Tinngi which set them back perhaps $100 million!

We are the only country in this world where a biz can generate revenue and profit without an up front capital cost to be amortised against profits!! That's why the AP Kings and Queens are raking it in.

Imagine a biz where:

Sales = $3 billion
Cost of Sales = ZERO!!!?? Wtf?

Nice if you can get it!!

dpp
we are all of 1 race, the Human Race

Red Alfa 1 June 2010 10:31  

Salam Dato'

Knowing the facts make him complicit, risking his credibility like the village idiot to say as he is told ...
what price Awang Adek!

He like the whole lot of them has made what of Ketuanan Melayu/Islam?

And they call on us to support them lot (calling us traitors, if not) in defense of the Keramat Melayu they have caused it to become?

Richard Cranium 1 June 2010 10:36  

This government needs to be taught that two wrongs don't make a right.

As an aside, I saw scrawled on a toilet wall at an Aussie uni, two Wongs don't make a White.

Anonymous,  1 June 2010 10:36  

There is no difference between prostitution and gambling. Agreeing with you Dato', that issuing licenses to whorehouses is just another way of solving the illegal prostitution industry. If that is the way the government solve all these immoral activities don't leave out the 'ibu ayams'. Give them licenses to operate.

http://www.ismail.com.my 1 June 2010 10:38  

If you cant beat them, join them.

legalised whorehouse,  1 June 2010 10:58  

Ooi Awang Adek, Bila issue lesen untuk prostituition?

Banyak illegal prostituition sejak zaman purba. If the Govt don't legalise it, people will still puk* anyway !

Kenn 1 June 2010 11:14  

Using the same logic, maybe government also want to consider issuing 007 License when someone apply for it?

Najib has decided. The Yes Man Awang Adek has to defend it in whicever way, even though it sounds....mmmmm..

kuldeep 1 June 2010 11:14  

Remember--they wanted to take away subsidy for sugar cos we're taking too much sugar?
Bet they were thinking of using same spin for removing "subsidy" for education and health >>just too many wanna get educated and sick.

Start off with a wrong assumption,reinforce that with bigger dollops of half truths and if that does not work just throw in Jalaism economics.

he's a good guy but never ever ask him to buy kerosene.

Anonymous,  1 June 2010 11:45  

Dato,

Awang Adek is Najib's spokesman. He will not say so unless sanctioned by Najib after discussion in the cabinet. So, you need to whack the PM Najib as well not just his soldiers.

PH Chin 1 June 2010 12:19  

Dato'

Apparently the government has given up on PDRM to enforce the no gambling law.

So the next best solution is to legalise gambling.

According to Awang Adek, it looks like a win-win proposal from Vincent Tan.

"Lu tolong wa, wa tolong lu."

Quiet Despair,  1 June 2010 12:40  

Mari-mari
Main judi
Lesen free,
Lu rugi,
Vincent Tan untung,
Lu jadi puntung,
Siapa mahu tanggung??
Kong kalikong

Sing to the tune of Kaki Judi by M. Daud Kilau

psycho_vx 1 June 2010 14:02  

No religions in the world encourage gambling, prostitution, consuming alcohol, abusing drugs, free sex, bribery, throwing tantrums etc etc.
Shall we legalise bribery then so we could monitor it?

Are You Gonna Go My Way,  1 June 2010 14:14  

BERJAYA bought the already dwindling Friendster online social network…. However Friendster still have 115 million members worldwide…and with this new betting license, more people and newcomers ( especially Malaysian) will be able to gamble online in the comfort of their home….

Its like saying…the government cannot control 100,000 Malaysian doing illegal gambling, but with this new license the government will be able to monitor 10 million Malaysian doing legal gambling.

Anonymous,  1 June 2010 14:16  

Its true not legalizing gambling take the game underground or offshore. But that means only those who really wants and hence understand it can avail to it. If enforcement was proper, those who operate illegally have a high cost and hence makes the games attractive only to the high risk takers.

Legalising gambling does not control gambling and in fact spreads it to a wider population. It reduces loss of revenue. I frankly don't care for UMNO/BN govt generating new revenue given how they waste it. When its generated by gambling, all the more the govt has to be even MORE efficient to apply it to be productive and to counter the social ills of gambling which UMNO/BN is incapable of doing so.

Loss revenue and control? Fix corruption, crime and poor governance first.

Habib RAK 1 June 2010 14:41  

Whilst we are at it, MOE could consider including a finishing school for prostitution in order to maintain quality and good service level. Bung Zeezat will be head of school. The problem of human trafficking also gets solved. Young girls from improverished nations can now be orderly imported and enrolled at the school prior to entering the market. Income earned can be regulated and tax collected. Cash and credit card options can be given. If credit card, card swipes can be biologically incorporated. This will be a boost to our Bio industry. Gosh, why didnt we think of this earlier?

walla 1 June 2010 16:18  

2/2

B: 'Sofea, the basis of football betting is the poisson distribution function. Let's say over a period of matches, Manchester United has scored an average of x goals against Chelsea. Then the probability it will score y goals next against the same rival is equal to x to the power of y multiplied by e to the power of minus x and then divided by y factorial.'

A: 'Sir, what's e and what's factorial?'

B: 'Sofea, I am not going to teach you how to ruin yourself.'

A: 'But i may win, Sir.'

B: 'As much as the a-long's may also forgive your mountainous debts, dear lady?

Do you think the bookmakers and systems breakers have also not gone to Balliol and Imperial, Sofea?

In the end, and for all betting games, the house always wins.

Stay away from temptation. That's the first law of life. What may seem to be easy come easy go invariably ends up with toxic side-effects. Ask those whose families have been ruined by their gambling habits.'

A: 'But the government will get revenue from betting taxes, Tun.'

B: 'Those may not be enough even to pay for the social costs that will arrive soon enough.'

A: 'In any case, I think sports betting even if federally approved cannot be applied, looking at how four states have already banned it.'

B: 'What this minister should do is ask that Zambry of Perak if he is going to ban it.'

A: 'Why him, Sir?'

B: '(grins). Whether he says yes or no, he will immediately face a logical dilemma. Deserves it too, if i may be so intemperate to add.'

A: 'Do you believe like me all this is because of political payoff to cronies?'

B: 'What can i say? This must be the only country where an insurance salesman plying the roads of KL on cold calls can get a gaming license that consistently contributes more than half of his group's annual turover.

Just look, each time that one went overseas, who were the people accompanying him every time and for what earthly reason?

So, you want to answer your own question?'

A: 'No, Sir. We all knew long ago.'

B: 'Families have decomposed, the young have become independent even before they mature, society has become more materialistic, the economy is going to face pressures, the market is just on make-belief octane, the future of the country is an enigma.

All this, and they think of collecting more blood money from betting taxes? I rest my case, dear lady.'

walla 1 June 2010 16:18  

A: 'Sir, what do you think of the reasons given by our ministers lately?'

B: '(grits remaining teeth)..Like submarine cannot dive because water here is different? Like fighter plane cannot shoot because air here is different? Hah, Sofea! Next, they will excuse by saying armored carrier cannot move because the terrain here is different. Bravo! So, where's our M-Bolih?'

A: '(sigh) What has happened to our country, Sir?'

B: 'Madness comes to mind. Insanity is not far behind.

My deepest concern is for the rakyat. By expanding all this gambling thing at exactly the time when the rakyat are expected to be pressured by financial constraints under a desubsidized economic regime, they will only be pushed to fall for more temptation.

But what will be the effects? Take football betting. We know how the young love football. It's like video games to them.

But see what has happened to the internet cafe industry? It has become a nest of youngsters clicking away at gore hour after hour.

I don't exactly blame them because there's so little else they can do. For instance, there are no proper fields or playing grounds for them to channel their energies into healthier sports. So they go online. But not to gain knowledge. Only to score in gore.

But is that what we want for them? People may say better they stay out of harm's way like that and also playing online games helps their motor and cognitive skills. But to what end when they have obviously lost all semblance of a more balanced lifestyle?

So if we can see the almost self-afflicting addiction in that sort of activity, what more when the government suddenly ok's another hobby, this time with real monetary risks and rewards that will ruin more than uplift lives?'

A: 'I see your concern, Sir. In fact when the minister said legalising sports betting is to control it, i wonder if he has actually stood in front of those betting outlets and see who are their patrons.

If they can't even control the existing situation, how can they control hundreds more, this time with possibility of an online betting system, whether legally approved or otherwise? How, close off the internet ke?

The illegal houses can proxy their own platforms and undercut the payouts. They don't have to brick-the-mortars so there's no rental to pay. And they can certainly undercut the license-holder because they don't pay tax.

So, how does legalizing the bets make any difference except collect tax for political inducements in which case why not expand the social welfare draws and help society more?'

Anonymous,  1 June 2010 16:27  

Not to worry, Awang Adek enjoy being the fall guy (barua? pak sanggup?) for Najib. I have a feeling he is going to be promoted, and assume a full minister ship soon, in place of Nor Muhammad Yackop. If he doesn't get it, then he's a fool. If he doesn't even demand for it, he's a bloody fool.

sri hartamas

azzarqawi 1 June 2010 17:32  

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Anonymous,  1 June 2010 23:42  

dato
Yet another well written article.You ought to be at least a minister lah dato.
I guess the AA guy got no proper justification of the world cup betting issue.Heck!they got hardly any justification at all about the many bungling decisions AA and his motley crew have made as of late.
Sadly though all talk and no action bears no significant changes at all.Same all story along the road always taken.
Nice one though about the whorehouse with the license.TARUK INDUSTRIES PTE LTD.its a main board material.think about it.

Anonymous,  2 June 2010 19:51  

Bro Sak, control and monitor illegal activities already tough. Control and monitor legal activities lebih senang ? Presently, even with legal gambling activities, we still have illegal activities. So now we monitor legal and illegal.
Only this time money is earned "legally" ...halal ?

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