Wednesday, July 7, 2010

M'sia needs gambling taxes - Barry Wain

Malaysia needs gambling tax badly. Otherwise, its economy will find it difficult to sustain. This is what Barry Wain (pic), the author of 'Malaysian Maverick - Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times wrote in the Asian Sentinel.

Throwing his full support for Vincent Tan and his Ascot Sports Sdn Bhd while at the same time lambasting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak for not allowing Tan to run the World Cup betting syndicate, Wain said the PM himself realised how important taxes derived from gambling licenses has helped the government.

"While Najib has pleased many Malaysians by refusing to allow businessman Vincent Tan to expand his gambling empire, the prime minister's image has suffered because of his secretive attempt to revive sports betting..." he said in a bias article titled 'Malaysia's Najib and the Crony Culture'.

Tan, he said was given a gambling license by former premier Tun Dr Mahathir in 1987. When Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was prime minister, he vetoed it.

"By seeming to allow the license to go to Ascot Sports in a non-transparent fashion, Najib drew attention to what looked like his broken promises to be more open. He also appeared to be condoning gambling, which is forbidden in Islam and opposed by many Malays...

"... in reality Najib needed increased gambling tax to help reduce Malaysia's officially projected budget deficit from 7 percent to 3 percent of gross domestic product by 2015. One industry group estimated illegal sports betting turnover at RM20 billion to RM30 billion, and calculated potential government revenue at RM1 billion to RM3 billion."

The writer - known as one of many foreign journalists who support Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, also implied that gambling (although prohibited by Islam) should be open to non-Muslims.

14 comments:

dicky said...

barry wain has never written anything good about malaysia, bro.

its not a surprise when he wrote such.

however, there is some truth in it. dont u think so?

JY said...

magnum4d, da ma cai, toto, lottery, genting casino... they all contribute to the govt purse significantly. we cannot deny the fact that they too play important roles in boosting malaysia socially by donating to charity and others.

yes, islam prohibit gambling. other religions too dont encourage it but as gambling has been accepted as an 'economic tool', its has become a social criteria rather than religious.

as a muslim and a multiracial country, malaysia cannot avoid but to join the masses.

for muslims, just dont take part in it. as simple as that

Anonymous said...

I AGREE WITH HIM.

anak muda said...

ini pandangan saya.

memang sektor perjudian menyumbang kepada kerajaan dari segi pungutan cukai.

oleh kerana malaysia sebuah negara islam, kerajaan perlu mengumumkan jumlah kutipan cukai sektor perjudian ini dan mengasingkannya daripada yang lain.'

hasil sektor judi ini tidak boleh digunakan untuk tujuan keislaman, misalnya membina surau, masjid, sekolah agama dan sebagainya.

al-falak said...

bujai,

boleh dikatakan semua negara arab tidak ada perjudian, malah mengharamkannya. di indonesia pun, saya rasa takda, kecuali laga ayam.

mereka ni boleh membina ekonomi tanpa bergantung kepada hasil cukai judi.

kenapa pula kita perlu kepada pergantungan ini?

renggamman said...

dah kita ada genting, magnum dan sebagainya.

mestilah mereka ni bayar cukai. jumlahnya pula agak banyak.

kenapa sekarang baru nak timbulkan?

Anonymous said...

wain says the truth. at least he's honest this time

penganan said...

apa agaknya datuk najib nak jawab ni...

vinnan said...

'Malaysia needs gambling tax badly.'

Wrong. It is UMNO who needs the gambling tax. Let's look at the gambling industry picture in Malaysia.

Firstly. Genting has essentially abandoned Malaysia in favour of Singapore and elsewhere. Go to Genting on the weekend and see for yourself how the number of
Singapore gamblers have dropped by almost half. That's right folks the biggest foreign high rollers by volume and number are disappearing from Genting

Secondly. have anyone seen the '4d' ladies and gentlemen with their hand phones and portable number printers. No legal gambling company have anything close to the depth and scope of these illegal operators. These people are essentially self-employed surviving on their wits and diligence. When was the last time BN/UMNO helped these people to be gainfully employed? BN/UMNO never did helped and never will.

So why does the government need to legalise sport gambling? In simple terms the government/UMNO wants a piece of the action. It used to be that the illegal operators would ride the coattails of the legal operators but in the case of sport gambling it is the government who is trying to muscle into the illegal sport gambling territory.

By the way, just in case anybody think that the legal gambling operators are great contributors to the education of the Chinese, you people have no idea how much the illegal gambling operators contribute to the SJKCs and independent Chinese schools. UMNO, on the other hand have been branding the supporters of these schools as 'pendatang', communist. prostitutes and racial extremist.

Why then should the Chinese contribute to UMNO's coffers so that they can use the money to enrich themselves while whacking the very people who gives them the money? My advice to the Chinese is to bear in mind that there are alternatives to the legal gambling operators when they want to 'buy' a number.

jeha said...

tell me, which religion permits gambling!

jin kutub said...

apa daaaa...

kerajaan dap di penang pun dah haramkan segala bentuk judi. ni pulak kerajaan federal...

bila la agaknya nak sedor ni!

Anonymous said...

... gambling should be open to non-muslims...

hehehehe...

means that non-muslims are not the true believers of their respective religion.

Anonymous said...

jin kutub

Sejak bile kedai magnum 4d,da ma cai kt penang tutup ???

aku berani kerat kotx aku ler...

DAP haramkan judi halal berlesen...

tapi halalkan judi haram yg haram...

haram jadah...

mgreen said...

Can anyone direct me to a resource that describes the current taxation regime on casino winnings OF THE CASINO. What is the tax rate, what does it apply to.
Also, is there a regulatory authority that independently monitors the casinos?
thank you