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Tuesday 29 June 2010

Ustaz Rais and his 'parametered commission'

Parametered commission? Well, thats the term Ustaz Rais Yatim used. The title Ustaz is a recent honorary title in recognition of UMNO's stature as a party of ulamaks. This was declared by the Religious Affairs Minister, Jamal Khir. 
Billionaire Vincent Tan is most unhappy that the government has flipped and flopped over the issue of sports betting. He also laid blame on the opposition parties. In other words he is saying, the government of PM Najib was ok but for the meddling interference of opposition parties.
That's giving undue credit to the opposition parties. The millions, of all religious denominations, who objected to gambling, are not prompted on by the opposition. Gambling is unconscionable. So what about the millions of Malays and Chinese and others who objected to the licence being given to Ascot/Berjaya/Vincent Tan? Careful here- you may actually place the PM at loggerheads with voters. Maybe Vincent Tan is not aware of widely circulated printed material at Friday sermons denouncing the government's decision to grant the licence in the first place.
If the objective is to wipe out illegal bookies, then the better solution is to legalise every one of the illegal bookies. Since the Bakri MP has revealed the number of known illegal bookies, then, make them legal. On the other hand, if we know they are illegal, then why are they still in business? They should be hauled up before the law.
If we want to make it legal, make it so for every bookie operations and not just Vincent Tan's. The problem here is, almost all the government machinery is rooting in for one person- Vincent Tan. Why so? Why should he be given monopoly in getting a licence?
Legalising gambling is a complex issue. Admittedly, it is incumbent for a Muslim government to set aside provisions and facilities to satisfy the needs (cultural and religious) for its non Muslim citizens. Hence, if the eating of pork is part of the diet of non Muslims, a Muslim government is obliged to set aside facilities and land for the rearing of pigs. Muslims don't eat pigs anyway. The government allocates land in special zones so as not to offend Muslims and others who don't consume pork. If consumption of alcoholic beverages is part of the diet and a cultural need of non Muslims, then a Muslim government facilitates and licenses the production of alcohol. Muslims don't consume alcohol. If gambling is part of the cultural make up of the Chinese, then the government can also issue a licence. Muslims don't gamble.
It's a religious injunction. That being so, having a parametered commission in the words of the verbal acrobat Rais Yatim, is superfluous. If it's a religious thing, why does a Muslim require policing? Internal religious conviction should be sufficient to deter Muslims from gambling.
Now that PM Najib/UMNO president/finance minister/BN chairman has placed the final nail of the sports betting coffin, how will those who supported the issuance of licence now justify their support? Chief among them is unfortunately the former PM , Dr Mahathir. Awing Adik has earned the moniker of tauke KTM- Kuda, Toto and Magnum. Donald Lim who has just assumed the deputy finance minister's post can't possibly answer the issues properly. Chor who is now the Housing Minister and who is seen to know a lot about shady deals ( being an alumni of the infamous PKFZ financial scandal) should be able to explain. Perhaps w should ask the MCA president to explain whether gambling is part of the Chinese cultural make up.
If he can convince, then MCA should represent the gambling population and petition the government to legalise all sorts of gambling. But they must petition that ALL are given licence not just Vincent Tan. If Vincent Tan is the only one, then this is outright monopoly and its time that Malaysia has its own antitrust laws.
But I want further clarification from my favourite minister, the mode driven Minister of Information.
Tuan tuan dan puan, negaro kito sudah maju. Cubo la tuan tuan tengok- dulu air dalam sungai, maso ni air sudah ado dalam bosi, api pun ado dalam kaco, potek di topi, tongah menyalo, mengapo kapa bosi tak tanggolam, den naik heghan. Tapi rakyat masih tidak bahagio. Kojo apa? mato mato, pangkat apo? Sajen mejo. Pii kojo naik apo? Lenrobo tuo.
Dah naik jobo ekau ni. Den sekeh kepalo kau kang....
Just what is a parametered commission? I suppose it's a commission being told what it can and cannot do. In other words, it's a neutered commission.
If that is so, can we have a well parametered commission that would do much to reduce illegal prostitution? I don't know what is the contribution of this thriving business to Malaysia's GDP. It may be part of the service business which is probably included in the PM's liberalisation of the service industry. People are coming to Malaysia now for their sex holidays. That surely is an indication, it's a burgeoning business. That would surely warrant a parametered commission.
So let's have a parametered commission. I don't know what Rais means when he said this. Probably, he has in mind the setting up of a commission, pro gambling of course, that would ensure conservative Malays do not gamble.
But wait, why is he supporting an industry which the PM has said in unequivocal terms, he is not allowing a license for? Where will Rais put his face after his boss has rejected this concerted rear guard attack on anti gambling forces in the country?
But there is actually a hidden reason why Rais has chosen to become the spokesman for sports betting. Before I forget, let's not forget that Rais is also an ulamak as defined by that ex general who has become a minister in charge of Islam in Najib's cabinet. Ustaz Rais has revealed to us that the value of sports betting is around RM 10 billion a year- that's 10,000,000,000. The government needs to tax this valuable economic resource to finance its welfare activities.
Will Rais press for a parametered commission to determine the application of tax income from sinful economic services?


Anonymous,  29 June 2010 at 12:42  


What a strange way to justify legalising gambling.

As far as I know, children were taught to refrain from gambling at home or in school.

So far, I have yet to come across any religion that encourages gambling.

May be Ustaz Rais has a new revelation that gambling is good for the soul.

Donplaypuks® 29 June 2010 at 12:53  


My apologies for digressing.

I think as many as possible should act to stop a miscarriage of justice from taking place in the MACC vs lawyer Rosli Dahlan case as reported by Din Merican here.

It appears some one has manipulated a change of judge in the midst of a trial going badly for the MACC, with ominous implications now for Rosli.

How can this happen? Why was the presiding judge hastily transfererd to Melaka and a new one appointed when the trial had already reached an advanced stage? What was the urgency of the transfer of a high Court judge?

How can we expect the new judge to fully understand what's alreday transpired or the demeanour of MACC witnesses who had testified earlier and really, taken to the cleaners by lawyers acting for Rosli Dahlan?

What’s happening in our courts right in front of our eyes is unbelievable!!

Perhaps you'd care to blog about it in a separate posting?

Thank you.

we are all of 1 race, the Human Race.

Anonymous,  29 June 2010 at 12:55  

Rais is a chameleon. Or is he a biawak or maybe a forked tongue snake or All three in One?
While he was Semangat 46 deputy president he condemned UMNO can hell.
He criticised the ISA and the Judiciary.
Now he is back in UMNO and eaten all his words.
This man is a scum.

Anonymous,  29 June 2010 at 12:58  

I second donplaypuks.
Dato, I notice that you don't write much on the state of our emasculated judiciary and UMNO appointed judges.

Ariff Sabri 29 June 2010 at 13:03  

donplaypuks and anon:
i will ty. i haven't been writing simply because of the technicalities involved. i see din merican has been doing a good job in highlighting this miscarriage of justice. i know dato ramli yusuf personally too. he was cpo in pahang.
let me read up

Anonymous,  29 June 2010 at 14:01  

Its not easy to be a Minister when the big boss is flip flopping.Support habis2 an initiative,,then seen as pariah when PM flip flops.

Better duduk senyap2 mkn gaji halal dan haram (if got rezeki)..

But to be fair PM's flip flops have been for good cause so that presumeably means he is a great statesman who can admit to his mistakes.

schenker78 29 June 2010 at 14:22  

Dato' Sak,

dont say Muslim dont gamble, eat pork, drink alcohol.

Islam forbid that. But many muslims drink alcohol and gamble.

In fact rumor is that Berjaya partly owned by UMNO proxy...

Drinking...Nazri and his son in New York, Nejib's son, ex CM Sabah gamble millions and in debt ....

Even my ordinary friends do all these...only not eating pork they follow tightly.

I dont think Sugar King and Ananda is the richest in Malaysia. Its actually Daim (in Africa) and Mahathir family. These politicians acct wont appear on Forbes rich list.

Donplaypuks® 29 June 2010 at 14:25  


There are nemerous detailed articles on Rosli Dahlan's & Ramli Yusuf's cases in Din' and M2Day's archives with full MACC testimony transcripts not reported in the MSM. You have to read it to believe the unbelievable conduct of MACC's Kevin Morais and Saiful (not relation to the other Saiful!!)

Click here for one.

Rosli's case follows from Ramli's corruption trial which ended with him being found not guilty without his defence being called. The judge also concluded then that the IGP's testimony was (putting it mildly), questionable!!

Ramli's case involved Ministers, underworld boss Goh who named 11 cops as bribe takers (including 1 we hear may be in line to be the next IGP. Though Ramli was not named by the underworld, he was the only 1 prosecuted) to plea bargain from restricted rural banishment order, the iGP and MACC.

Now, they are hounding Rosli who was only called in as a witness, not suspect!

Trust you will get updated and give us one of your searing, insightful blog to strike a blow for justice!

we are all of 1 race, the Human Race

Red Alfa 29 June 2010 at 15:29  

Salam Dato'

@donplaypuks 12:53 & anon 12:58

It is not lost on many of us your blogg has unique credibility.

Because our MSM has degraded themselves to the extent only to see, hear and say the Government saying so and that is what news and analysis shall be and are to them, we have got the plethora of "us and them" in our/this side of bloggersphere. Yours Dato is one of the few in these relevant times being both "us and them" yet critical and objective(with exception , your not so obtuse shots at the Man in the Sodomy issue didn't quite get at methinks where the bullseye is).

Perhaps one day, when it will not be lost to Them and They will see that you could and should get that newspaper licence, Malaysians will get to know what responsible and free press is.

Anonymous,  29 June 2010 at 15:42  

The message sent by the voter is not simply about the evils of gambling. The message sent is about entitlement. The days of entitlement are numbered and for UMNO/BNputra its supposed to be long over. When you resort to prey on the misfortune of the weak-willed for the politics of your party, its basically gross entitlement of UMNO/BN. UMNO/BN have not learned their special days of entitlement is over and if they are to renew their trust with people, they have to live without those entitlement. How are Malays going to live without entitlement which will come soon enough if THEY UMNOputras/BNputras have not started even now?

UMNOputra/BNputras don't work hard, they are hard about doing bad things. Doing bad things is not work - its just doing bad things.

Anonymous,  29 June 2010 at 17:00  

Is there anything positive that PM Najib have done since he took office?Reading your blogs >>not only all his initiatives have failed but he is also surrounded by moronic Ministers.

If ur blog is the reality--I wouldn't want to invest in this country if I am a foreigner.

But as I am a M'sian I got no choice cos all my assets are tied up in EPF,land titles,Tabung Haji etc..thus am I really f**ked???

schenker78 29 June 2010 at 19:03  

still not enough with your billions??? how much more do you want?? You want to be world no 1 richest?

Or you want your son to burn USD1billion money for you when you die so you can play poker with angels and devils in Hell or heaven....

Anonymous,  29 June 2010 at 19:33  


This Rais is a bald-headed cockroach. He looks exactly like a cockroach.

He is a real idiot. Kalo dia mampus, rakyat bahagia kan?

orang kampung

Quiet Despair,  29 June 2010 at 21:15  

Rais aka Mr Cakap Sebutir-sebuitr aka Mr Nasi Tambah aka Mr Mouth-piece aka Mr Burn Bridges aka Mrs Masnah.

Most of the time I don't umderstand what he's trying to say especially in Malay.
Dengan kaedah berbunga-bunga tu, it's lost on me.
Maybe that's his role, to mis-informed us.
Can you whisper to Najib, enoughlah of Rais.
Ask him to stay home teach grand-kids to speak English.

Anonymous,  30 June 2010 at 08:46  

Do you have any comments on this news...Malaysia forecast to be ‘young and poor’ by 2030.

"Malaysia’s relatively high population growth rate will see the country remain comparatively young over the next two decades but economic growth is not expected to keep pace with population expansion, according to a report by Bank of America Merril Lynch."

Anonymous,  30 June 2010 at 09:13  

Oh dear, just read Asia Sentinel about the new palace. If it is true, then the "rakyats" are screwed big time!

Anonymous,  30 June 2010 at 11:04  

100 going 2 be retrenched by Ascot cos license not given...and recruitment started early this year.

Its not an overnite decision then>>been in the works for months.

Was it pure risk taking..investing before the actual receipt of license for operations?Or was there some letter/promises giving the comfort of zero risk?

As PKFZ have demonstrated promises made by an individual Minister can bind the whole country for generations to come.

Hopefully,Ascot have no such hidden storylines.

Are You Gonna Go My Way,  30 June 2010 at 12:51  


It seems that we have many things to criticize the government on the topic of corporate cronyism and bribe. It happened during Tun M , then during Pak lah and now during Najib….

I wonder whether it was and still is just a normal practice of the PM of the day or actually in reality the corporate players are the one that have stranglehold in controlling and to dictate terms on decision made by the PM of the day…

So it won’t matter whether Muhyidin, Anwar or Nik Aziz take over Putra Jaya….it will still be the same..

Anonymous,  30 June 2010 at 16:14  


Little wonder that Rais does not Like The Internet and if possible would have it totally closed down.
Its You and your fellow bloggers and fans calling him names....

The only thing that is stopping him from closing the internet down is because his BOSS is using it. Anything to not displease the BOSS.

Is it true that the reason he is able to keep his job is because of the closeness of his wife with Rosmah? Anyone with the right mind cannot see how anyone can keep this guy unless he has a hold on the BOSS!!

Joe Black

hurricanemax,  30 June 2010 at 19:11  

Legalise all form of gambling and have the lisense application open to ALL non-muslim.
Do away with monopoly and the illegal gambling sector will peter out significantly. No rocket science.

Suci Dalam Debu 30 June 2010 at 21:34  


Why can't our politicians differentiate basic rights from wrongs?

I appreciate your effort in wanting to bring awareness to the rakyat. We may not agree with each other 100% but niat kau memang suci.

Yes, please read up and write something about the Rosli Dahlan's case? Out politicians, MAAC and many in the judiciary are really shameless.

Anonymous,  30 June 2010 at 23:10  


Remember #unifi.You were quite critical then.
ever the optimist,I subscribe to the 10Mbps service..
To be fair,installation was fine..well managed and quite prompt.

But thats about all I can be positive about ;

Speed is about 800kbps if pinging an overseas server.
The IPTV is so boring.I have to pay my kids if i want them to watch the channel.
The free phone is ok..except nobody calls landlines anymore so its same same when u call out to mobile.

Anyway..whats the point of triple play when the MAIN service i.e broadband access is abysmally slow.
800kbps is 8 % of the PROMISED 10Mbps.Thats just horrible.

I was looking forward to 6-7 Mbps minimum.

Note : it seems TM have it in the fine print in the contract stating that they're not obligated to deliver the 10Mbps

PM,Mr Rais >> you got to look into this SERIOUSLY..lets not shoot ourselves in the foot cos incompetent folks are running the MONOPOLY.You have to move fast before we lose out in this flattening world.

Don't let incompetence & KPI greed be the poison in our fountain of hope.

Anonymous,  1 July 2010 at 07:32  

Joe Black,
Thanks for the info on why this Rais is being retained as a Minister despite him passing the expiry date a long time ago.
Pak Tua

Anonymous,  1 July 2010 at 20:31  

Visiting prostitutes is part of MCA culture, hence the Chinese culture. Want proof , go watch the most popular video by an MCA member.

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