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Sarawak breaks ranks by saying no to gambling
WED, 09 JUN 2010 13:36
By FMT Staff
KUCHING: Sarawak became the first Barisan Nasional state to declare its disapproval of the federal government’s move to legalise sports betting.
Chief Minister Taib Mahmud said there will be no new gaming outlets approved.
“We will not tempt or encourage people into gambling. Our focus now is to help them increase their income. We will allow the existing gaming outlets but there will be no new ones,” he said yesterday.
Taib was referring to the Finance Ministry’s decision to award Berjaya Corporation Group a licence to carry out sports betting activities.
The legalising of sports betting during the coming World Cup is expected to earn the government RM60 billion in tax revenue.
Sarawak is the third state to disallow new betting operations. Pakatan Rakyat-led Penang and Selangor have also barred the activity, using local government regulations.
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