Slot machines: Gambling gambit

Gambling is the most chronic social addiction illness existed in most societies, ever since mankind figured out the challenge of taking risk and hedging winnings as a ‘sport’. During the post-Christ Rome, lives of man and beast were the stake for the most brutal sportertainment  ever recorded. Of course, the adrenaline produced when one gambles is the kick which evolves  into addiction and eventually, obession.

 

Malaysian societies, especially amongst the Chinese have been plagued with this disease of the mind. Many social illness derivatives like illegal money-lending (Ah Long), prostitution and underworld related crimes developed and flourished from gambling. It is important that gambling is critically analysed and eradicated from our system, completely.

 

After more than 50 years of Merdeka, the Malaysian Government has still not got it right with the creation of a strong citizenry and inculcation of positive social values. One example that can be cited in this article is the encouragement of gambling by the Government.

 

The fact that gambling is a legalized and flourishing industry in the country is indisputable; especially when one can see the number of the various lottery draws that happens in a week.

 

It is a major myth that Genting Highlands is the only official gambling spot in Malaysia. The well hidden truth will surprise and possibly shock many. There MANY gambling spots spread all over the country. In the Klang valley alone there are more that 75 legal gambling clubs whose licences are approved by the Finance Ministry.  These licences oddly have three-month validity period but are eternally renewed! This kind of validity period has given rise to credible speculation that it assists in the “collection process”. For the past many years, the only officer who signs the gaming licence is a person called “Boniface Anak Edwin Manung”.

 

These gambling clubs offers slot machines, the worst among the gambling games. In the Klang Valley, each club has about 15 slot machines. Many are under the misimpression that the collection from the club is used to improve the “member’s” facilities. Wrong. It is pure gambling business at its best – cash, unaccounted, extremely low cost of operations. The machines just wait to be played largely dependant on addiction.

 

These gambling clubs run under the disguise of social clubs that offer so-called privileges like eateries and gym workout but the main focus is the gambling business. For common and addicted patrons of the slot machines, the clubs even offers them credit limits up to as high RM100,000.00. This means the patron is effectively trapped to gamble his income away at these clubs. Some of the most respectable, distinguished and matured sports and social clubs benefitted immensely from the slot machines, commonly known as “One arm bandit” by the members, allowed and licensed their premises, for decades.

 

On a bad night, each club can make up to RM300,000.00 which means that a poor collection for the month will add up a net collection of RM10,000,000.00 PER CLUB. One can then imagine the overall collection of all the clubs in the Klang valley for the year – and it is all CASH. It is interesting to note that the slot machines clubs are monopolized by three well known Chinese businessmen with strong connections. Obviously, one does not need to stretch one’s imagination to know why these clubs have a free hand and are expanding!

 

We are slowing become a gambling nation, if we have not become one already.  The are many cases of families being wrecked, lives being destroyed and along problems due to the slot machines business which the government seems to tacitly encourage. Even though the patrons cut across racial groupings, the majority of them in the Klang Valley are, ironically, Malays. Ironical because, outside the door of every slot machines club is a sign that says “Perjudian adalah haram bagi orang-orang beragama Islam”.  Even the Islam Hadhari era dared not approach this social malady! This is Malaysia where money speaks louder than rules and regulations.

 

Slot machine industry has become so entrenched involving powerful people such that the negative effects on the people are being completely ignored. Many of the patrons are addicts who will only stop if the Government takes the proactive step of curbing, controlling or even banning these clubs. In fact many of the patrons are hoping just that to be saved from their addiction. Many new and potential addicts are being recruited by offering them free credits as much as RM500.00 per visit.

 

It is a social issue that cuts across racial and religious lines and it reflects on the Government’s consistency in creating a strong social fiber. It also reflects on the Government’s sensitivity in tackling industries that cater only to the negative addictive nature of some of us.  It is a shame that despite the often pronouncements by the Government such as “Islamic country”, “Islam Hadhari”,  “cultivation of human capital” and so on, even secular India has completely banned all forms India for years. You do not even have lottery in India!

 

The slot machines industry must be banned – unless of course there are compelling “other” reasons why the relevant persons do not want the tap to stop flowing!

 

Can the new Finance Ministers please seriously look into this?

Published in: on April 21, 2009 at 01:19  Comments (21)  

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  1. Salam bro,

    I agree with you, we have to settle this matter once and for all!

    Atau ada orang tertentu yang ‘menjaga’ mereka ini?

    Kebelakangan ini kta melihat kedai mesin slot kuda sudah semakin banyak terutama di kawasan selangor!

  2. Agreed, slot machines and other forms of gambling are a vice that preys and exaggerates upon people’s natural greed. But the only reason they and other forms of illegal gambling are ‘illegal’ is because they have no controls.

    Look at 4D and short selling on the stock market. Aren’t these also similar in their greed-basis and potential to ruin one’s finances in one night? Stock market debts are one major reason Ah Longs get so much business.

    So why are slots illegal, but 4D legal? The cynic would say it is because only certain big shots collect the money from slots, while ‘official’ big shots sollect the money from ‘official’ revenue through 4D licenses and taxes. (Heck, Singapore govt controls all the gambling and uses the proceeds to fund social works!)

  3. ..kedai kuda..khas untuk ..olang yg tak modal besar jaga-jaga,org kampung,taik judi tegar harus di pecahkan..pelopor along dgn kongsikong…gambling club ni high rise munyar olang..kongsikong venture dgn latuk-latuk ..wa munyar kwn separuh VSS abis dokat ini club..so thumb up bro expose jgn tak expose..ini brg..kaki tani..bagi 1000 pun at least ade sekupang..kaki stim ..bagi 1000 paling kuat ade 5 sen tak pun overdose..ko…kalu taik judi..bagi 1 mill pun..lastly spender je tinggal..rank judi 1 malai..2 sepet 3..kicap

  4. Dato Najib must take this matter seriously. Don’t let people look down on MOF credibility. Make sure the officer in-charge for gambling’s licence and approval are on rotation to avoid corruption etc.

  5. Wow.. Big Dog hopping on the PAS bandwagon?

  6. This idiot parpukari does not even know that selangor for the size of the state has only a handful of these clubs.The majority are in kl and major towns which are spread thinly to avoid suspicions,the one thing that irks me the most is when clubs which are considered members clubs like selangor club(in kl parpu)are operated by private operators.You have a point when you say this menace has to be stopped.

  7. The fact that the patrons of this places includes malays, shows that Melayu is not Islam and Islam is not Melayu. So which one is UMNO?

  8. This parpukari is really an idiot…

    It’s the MOF which is issuing licences, and the police to cracked the mesin kuda.

    What is your point..?

  9. Salam…

    You will be surprised, in a small town like Ayer Keroh, you could find someone monitoring or supervising u at a corner of the Magnum shoplot with a laptop on his side… Canggih!

  10. more of ‘expose’ article like this, BD. Hopefully authorities will noticed and do something about it. At the same time let’s not ‘over expose’ and become like brother mazidul, eh?

    No, no. We at BigDogDotCom dont aspire to be like him. Thanks for your concern 🙂

  11. Magnum shoplot with a laptop on his side… Canggih!..itu org cari mkn ramal ape nomber mau keluar maaa….Melayu is not Islam and Islam is not Melayu…this pharse are quote mostly by cina bukit looo…cina bukit ckp..lu masuk islam kira lu masuk melayu..maa…pada yg tak reti..tu gi la gaul dgn masyarakat maaa…selangor…la ni memang manyak mesin kuda…tak de sangkut dgn umno kaa..or pas kaaa..tarak sekolah..ka

  12. Owner of Lake View Club, Subang which has these facilities: DATO SOH CHEE WEN @ JOHN SOH.. He is now a PKR member and very close with Anwar.. He was appointed by Anwar to be in PKR Political Bureau.. The new PKR Headquarters in Tropicana, guest what? The renovations, design and purchasing office furniture and equipment all done by him.. =P Quite a shock huh?

  13. Bro,

    Bigdog must be congratulated for publishing such as expose which no main stream media has dared to expose! This is a very serious malady involving BIG BUCKS and broken homes, destroyed businesses, bankruptcies and so on. The “best” thing is NOT MANY OF THE RAKYAT KNOW of the real story. It is usually being brushed off a minority issue or a religious issue – like someone said “pas bandwagon”. Not true. It is a disease which afflicts anyone – in this country, if you ask Micheal Chong, he will tell you the Chinese. You can read it at http://jahaberdeen.blogspot.com/search/label/Killer Industries.

    Congrats bro. Anyone interested to escalate this issue until something is done? If anyone is please email me: rapera.jay@gmail.com.

    Peace !

  14. This is life la!!!

    What do you expect a labourer irregardless of race, age and gender, betting a few ringgits on 4ekor every week, for some little hope (or maybe fun) that luck is with them this time. Of course, if you look at it from religion point of view, that’s absolutely wrong but then what big crime do all these poor people commit. In fact, I see a real mingling of people of all races whether they are Malays, Chinese, Indians, Indonesians, Bangladeshi, you name it, you have it. Real muhibbah..international muhibbah..United Asia.

    If step is to be taken, the recommendation is to reduce the number of draws per week so as to avoid addiction. Otherwise I see no big evil from gambling … but drug addict is definitely a trillion more harmful to say the least.

    If gambling is so bad, why is it that mostly those countries which banned gambling, are mostly poor. I wonder what concrete proof to prove my perception wrong..

  15. For once I agree, slots should be restricted to casinos. That way it’ll be easier to control.

    As for the K.T.M. (Kuda Toto Magnum) they should be restricted to only 3 draw days/week. The odds of winning are so low that its a big waste of money to spend more than RM3 a week per shop.

    On the other hand, banning gambling will only drive it underground and benefit the mafia.

  16. rumah banglo pun boleh kena telan kat mesin tu, apa!

    saya sudah lama insaf.. teman-teman terlibat marilah sama-sama insaf.

  17. You must also observe the special draws by the licenced gaming companies and the ‘co-incidental’ developments like the Perak government change, plus the allegations of even media persons trying to convince PR legistlators to switch sides.

    The cash for the ‘switch overs’ do not come from political parties, but rather other ‘sponsors’.

    That is why the PM can say boldly that the BN did not buy over ADUNs who switched sides.

    The resources came from other areas, which the man on the street also had to pay – indirectly.

    Special draws should also be monitored lest they continue to be used as saviours to bring down PR state governments.

  18. We should just ban the slot machines/gambling in clubs as the collections are only enriching the few selected club-owners. Once its banned, it will free up the cash and be reallocated for other usage, instead of ending up with the club-owners.

    I, like other citizens, will be very impressed with Government or Finance Minister if the slot machines license for clubs are to be suspended as it has caused great harms to the society. Prove to us that government has the will to do this for Rakyat, rather than enriching the selected club-owners for non-productive activities.

  19. eh, if gambling affects only predominantly chinese/indians and you re the supreme protector of Malays’ rights and welfare…why do you care?

    Smart people will not gamble and stupid will always do…REGARDLESS whether it is legal or not. instead of pushing under the carpet, legalising it creates millions of tax, in which to be used to feed fat umno goons like you. so be grateful.

  20. Dear all,

    Please think of rich people life. The slot machines places actually is for those rich people spending their time and release tension.

    For those who do not know how to control their financial, they may spending some other places else.

    Rgrds.

  21. jadi lah yg terbaik


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