Country’s good reputation gambled away


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  • Wednesday, 20 Jul 2005

RECENT media reports of several overseas casino giants who want to collect debts from a former Sabah chief minister are a slap in the face for our nation. 

As a Sabahan and a Muslim, I am totally ashamed of what has happened. 

Probably because Malaysian Muslims have seen or heard of Muslims from other countries gambling in casinos, they think that if other Muslims can do it, why not them. 

Gambling and activities that contain any gambling elements are totally prohibited in Islam.  

For years, politicians have been promoting Malaysia as the model of a good Islamic nation. 

But that image seems to have been shattered. 

I agree with a former Usno secretary-general that an independent watchdog should be set up in Sabah to ensure politicians behave because their job is to serve the people and not have fun.  

They are the ones who are eager to be politicians so they should know their duties. 

 

ALIF A. FATAH, 

Shah Alam. 

(via e-mail

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