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Gerakan and MCA against casino in Penang

Posted: 12 Oct 2016 11:00 PM PDT

Gerakan: One casino enough Malaysia does not need more than one casino, according to Gerakan. Party secretary-general Liang Teck Meng told reporters on Thursday that "generating revenue" should not be made an excuse to build a casino.

 He was referring to the proposal by the newly-minted Penang Front Party (PFP) to build a casino in Penang. "If that was the case, then every state would build a casino. Imagine if it starts there (Penang), then Malacca, Johor, and all will do it.

"That's not how it should be, one in Genting Highlands is enough for the country," he said. Liang, however, added that unless the government found the proposed casino was "truly useful for the country and economy", it should not pursue it. Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had shot down the suggestion for a casino, saying it was uncalled for.  

MCA: Idea of building a casino in Penang 'immoral' The proposed casino in Penang will turn into a breeding ground for vice activities, says the MCA Religious Harmony Bureau.

Its secretary Chris Daniel Wong said in a statement Thursday that the idea of building a casino by the Penang Front Party was "uncalled for" and "immoral". "Malaysia is not a gambling den and neither does our culture promote such activities," he said.

Wong added that social problems like prostitution and borrowing from loan sharks would come with gambling, destroying the institution of family and society. "Therefore, such a proposal has no place in the heart of Malaysia.

 "Malaysia does not need such an unwanted tourism attraction that has no benefit in the long term," he said. Wong said he believed the Tourism and Culture Ministry, and the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry would also condemn the proposal.

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