Kedah to review mahjong licence renewal
- Published on Monday, 23 November 2009 14:24
- Written by Staff
ALOR SETAR, November 23 - The Kedah government will review the renewal of mahjong licence and will not grant approval automatically, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak. He said approval would only be granted after consulting the local council entertainment committees."Mahjong is a form of gambling. For that reason we are reviewing the licence renewal," he told reporters after presenting 346 heads of cattle for the Aidiladha sacrifice to district offices and state government agencies and departments at the Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium here today.
He was commenting on a question on mahjong licence raised by Sidam assemblyman Tan Joo Long at the state assembly yesterday.
Azizan said the state government might consider approving the licence only to Chinese associations pending discussions and the study.
He said gambling destroyed families and some gamblers had resorted to seeking loans from 'ah long' (loan sharks) to repay gambling debts.
Kedah (also known by its Arabic honorific, Darul Aman, or 'Abode of Peace') is a state of Malaysia, located in the northwestern part of Peninsular Malaysia.
(New Straits Times)