Pitfalls of relying too much on luck of the draw


THERE is a Chinese adage that says, “no matter how high a mountain, there is another one higher.”

Sometimes we think we are smart and invincible, and that is when we are conned or enticed into parting with our hard-earned savings. We just have to be more careful to avoid being lured into bad habits or practices.

Lately, we have been reading news about people striking it big from lottery winnings. The amount seems to be getting bigger, and the frequency more often. If one lottery company paid out RM2mil this week, most likely another would pay out RM5mil the following week. The irony is that while lottery companies are paying out bigger prizes, they are also collecting more revenue and making more profits

We are being told stories of people who are getting rich from dabbling in lotteries, but do we know how many are losing their hard-earned income a few times a week on buying the tickets?

How often are the plight of individuals who land into financial trouble or can’t make ends meet because of gambling being highlighted? The same goes for other forms of addictive habits such as drinking and smoking.

Although the government has banned direct advertisement on alcohol and cigarettes, there are subtle influences readily available through other means such as WhatsApp.

We probably can’t stop others from influencing us. However, we must be very discerning and truly aware of the pitfalls of excessive gambling and other forms of undesirable products.

I am not being moralistic or trying to encroach into the rights of others but I believe it is our right to protect ourselves and our young ones. I think many Malaysians are shying away from highlighting the right issues because they want to appear liberal and politically correct.

T. K. CHUA

Kuala Lumpur

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