Shafie says will talk to Guan Eng to stop gambling licences for Sabah
SANDAKAN, May 10 — Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal wants the Finance Ministry to stop issuing gambling licences for operators based in the north Borneo state. Shafie who is also state finance minister said he will speak directly with his federal counterpart Lim Guan Eng to stop...
SANDAKAN, May 10 — Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal wants the Finance Ministry to stop issuing gambling licences for operators based in the north Borneo state.
The chief minister was speaking to the ethnic Chinese business community here today ahead of the Sandakan parliamentary by-election tomorrow.
“You want to play mahjong, go ahead, but no money. I know mahjong is very important, it is like that in my hometown. But no gambling, slot machines or casinos. I won’t approve of that. Not in Sabah,” he said.
They don’t want Sabah to be known as a gambling state and asked the state government to come up with a plan to gradually eradicate gambling activities.
The state government had imposed a hike in slot machine taxes from RM10,000 to RM50,000 annually, and duties on profits made from these machines have been increased from 20 per cent to 30 per cent.Read more: Malay Mail
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