March 5, 2011
Kelantan slammed over sweeping clampdown
Reports by K. SUTHAKAR, SYED
AZHAR, SIRA HABIBU, CHRISTINA TAN, ISABELLE LAI
and P. ARUNA
JAYA: The PAS-led Kelantan Government’s decision
to extend its ban on gambling to the Big Sweep
lottery tickets has been widely condemned.
the move as inconsistent and tactless towards
non-Muslims, MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ng
Yen Yen said the lottery was not new and had
existed for a long time.
no problem in the past, so why now? The ban
shows how insensitive the Kelantan government is
towards non-Muslims,” she said.
party vice-president Datuk Chor Chee Heung said
PAS should concentrate on bigger problems faced
by the Kelantanese.
extended ban on Big Sweep lottery tickets will
go a long way to cover up the state government’s
weaknesses in other areas,” said Chor.
chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said the DAP should
explain PAS’ action, adding that the ban did not
support DAP’s assurance that PAS was now more
Jaya MCA division chief Ong Chong Swen
said selling lottery tickets in Malaysia was a
legitimate commercial transaction and the ban
would cause Kelantanese to buy lottery tickets
in Terengganu as well as encourage illegal
the DAP to state its stand on the issue was
Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang.
“It is a
clear indication of what will happen if PAS
comes to power,” he said.
president Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said PAS’ move was
not wise as the ban would bring no political
mileage to its party.
warming up to them as a party that could replace
Umno in the future. This infringes on the rights
of Malaysians,” he said.
chairman K. Arumugam said PAS shouldn’t try to
import Syariah Law into civil law, adding that
the move was constitutionally incorrect and
definitely infringed on the rights of
president Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon said Merlimau and
Kerdau voters had been told to weigh PAS’ ban on
lottery as an indication of things to come.
The DAP and
Suhakam were the only two parties that agree
with PAS’ move.
MP Lim Lip Eng said that as a democratic nation,
Malaysians should abide by the wishes of the
majority and in the case of Kelantan he believed
the Muslims were the majority although the move
infringed on the rights of non-Muslims.