Saya terbaca news di TheSun:
KUALA TERENGGANU (June 14, 2010): Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today poked holes in the opposition by many quarters against the move by the government to issue a sports betting licence, saying it was done purely for political reason.
He said the government’s move to issue such a licence must be accepted with an open mind to check rampant illegal gambling.
“Probably my opinion is different from the others. Whether the gambling licence is issued or not, gambling will still go on in the country because the Chinese generally like to gamble.
“So if they gamble without a licence, there is no way we can ensure that gambling is not rampant. This is because gambling is permissible to the Chinese, but prohibited or ‘haram’ to the Muslims. So, the Muslims should not gamble. If they are found gambling, catch them,” he said.
Mahathir said this when asked about the sports betting licence issue at a media conference after he had addressed a gathering of the Gerakan Kebangkitan Rakyat (Gertak) or People’s Awareness Movement, here today.
He said the protests by opposition parties, especially PAS, following the move to issue the gambling licence was more politically motivated and not because of Islam.
“Even the DAP is protesting, as if the DAP too is supporting Islamic teachings. This is the politics of the opposition parties which are looking for issues (that will give them mileage).
Semoga Allah memberi kita kekuatan untuk bermujahadah melawan cadangan mungkar ini.
1) This is because gambling is permissible to the Chinese, but prohibited or ‘haram’ to the Muslims
Jika diteliti dengan jelas, Mahathir menggunakan hujah “chinese (bangsa) is okay with gambling”. Tapi menggunakan Muslim (agama) is not okay with gambling. Inilah muslihat untuk mengaburi mata orang ramai, dibandingkan “bangsa” dengan “agama”. Mengapa tidak bandingkan ayam dengan ayam, itik dengan itik. Bandingkan Cina dengan Melayu, dan Kristian/Budha dengan Islam.
Saya takut, kalau kita bandingkan dengan jujur. Kedua2 bangsa Cina dan Melayu tidak menghalang bangsanya dari berjudi. Yang menghalang judi adalah agamanya. Kristian/ Budha dan Islam mengharamkan judi.
2) So, the Muslims should not gamble. If they are found gambling, catch them
Mahathir sekali lagi cuba mengaburi mata orang ramai, seolah2 dia tidak tahu bahwa untuk buat pertaruhan judi hanya dengen menelefon!
In addition, Ascot Sports proposes to provide telephone betting services to customers who wish to register accounts with them. The primary focus of Ascot Sports will be on sports betting on soccer games in the initial stages, the English Premier League being a favourite in Malaysia. It has the aim of increasing its product service by extending to other sports in the future, subject to the terms and conditions of the licence.
3) “Even the DAP is protesting, as if the DAP too is supporting Islamic teachings
Islam mengajar dan menyuruh kearah kebaikan. Jika kita melihat apa pun kebaikan di dunia ini, itulah Islam. Jika seseorang menyokong kebaikan, bermakna dia juga membenarkan kebaikan yang dianjurkan oleh Islam.
Ketika orang bukan Islam mulai dekat dengan Islam, Mahathir seolah2 mempersoalkan niat mereka.
Mahathir sekali lagi cuba mengaburi orang ramai, seolah2 dia tidak tahu bahwa semua negeri di Amerika Syarikat mengharamkan perjudian sukan (Sport betting) kecuali hanya beberapa negeri!
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (Pub.L. 102-559) set out to define the legalization of sports betting throughout the United States. This act effectively outlawed sports betting nationwide, excluding a few states.
The sports lotteries conducted in Oregon and Delaware were exempt, as well as the licensed sports pools in Nevada. In addition, Congress provided a one-year window of opportunity from the effective date of PASPA (January 1, 1993) for states, which operated licensed casino gaming for the previous ten-year period to pass laws permitting sports wagering. The latter exception was clearly crafted with New Jersey in mind. However, New Jersey failed to take advantage of this opportunity and carve out an exception for itself. Also excluded from the reach of PASPA are jai alai and parimutuel horse and dog racing.
Amatlah buruk apa yang ingin mereka tegakkan. Kita doakan agar mereka diberi hidayah, dan dijauhi perkara mungkar ini dari masyarakat kita. Amin