I was told that for every RM 1 that Berjaya makes from the sports betting business, the illegal sports betting syndicates earn RM 2.
In other words, by legalizing the market, the Government will be able to pull 1/3 of the illegal gamblers away from the syndicates if the information I received was right.
From here, the Government will be able to tax these gamblers and channel the money elsewhere for others who need or want to enjoy more welfare benefits.
That is, of course, if we look at this case only from a monetary point of view.
If we don't, we will be able to look at things differently.
By awarding the license to Berjaya, not only do we get monetary returns to the Government's funds, we can also successfully pool together a target cluster of identified gamblers.
This "legal" population of sports gamblers can then be subject to targets from the various Ministries that deal with social ills.
We can adopt all measures possible to solve issues such as addiction to gambling under effective campaign measures.
Hand in hand, the enforcement agencies can look at cases of illegal gambling syndicates and eradicate them as time goes by.
For all we know, more than 1/3 of the gambling population might move away from the illegal syndicates to legal outlets.
This is because there are worries at times that the illegal syndicates might not pay out if the amount gambled and the winning payout has a large spread.
So, we might end up having more "identified legal outlet gamblers" who migrated from the illegal gambling cluster which will make it easier for the Government to educate or assist them on addiction of gambling.
Why an open tender was not made, I believe Guan Eng can answer it well since he is also using selective tender after experiencing the troubles and negative side of open tender.
As such, I believe the awarding of sports betting license is justified to Ascot Sports and effectively to Berjaya Group.
The public and the Chinese community must not question Barisan Nasional on this matter since they did not attack Guan Eng too.
Or else, I am beginning to believe more and more by day that the Chinese are blindly going against Barisan Nasional and that all talks of "we are more concerned about issues" will turn out to be fairy tales.
On another issue that Pakatan Rakyat opposed the sports gambling license, I think we all know that sports gambling, horse gambling and the numbers gambling make no difference. It is still gambling.
Unless of course Tony Pua and the leaders of DAP can present to us the social effects differences and why sports gambling should be opposed or banned in Pakatan Rakyat states while other form of gambling can happily continue operating.
Well, DAP folks have another headache now since PAS leaders are calling for a phase out of gambling outlets in Pakatan Rakyat states. [ PAS wants end to gaming premises permit ]
Salam 1 Malaysia.