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'Free' tours to S'pore IRs upset some M'sians

'Free' tours to S'pore IRs upset some M'sians

MCA youth chief said tours to S'pore casinos were organised not only from Johor but also from Penang.

Wed, Nov 10, 2010
The Star/Asia News Network


SEREMBAN, Malaysia: The Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) has expressed concern over the increasing number of "free tours" organised by unknown groups taking Malaysians to casinos in Singapore in recent months.

MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said he was initially under the impression that such tours were only organised from areas in Johor; but had since been told that they were also available in Penang.

"We are not against gambling, but it should not be done in such a manner," he told reporters after opening the 40th annual meeting of the Federation of Malaysia Hawkers Association here.

Describing it as a "serious problem", Dr Wee said even the federation members had tabled a motion seeking the Government's help to put an end to such tours.

The federation, with 70 affiliates, has more than 100,000 members nationwide.

Dr Wee said such tours had caused problems in families.

"Apart from an outflow of funds, there are also social implications," he said.

He added that families of those making regular trips to the casinos were unable to do anything to stop their loved ones from frequenting the gambling sites.

"In Singapore, a wife only needs to call the casino if her husband has been making frequent trips there and the management will bar him from entering the premises.

"But the law does not apply to foreigners, including Malaysians," he said, adding that non-governmental organisations should help the authorities check such activities.

Federation head Lee Teong Chwee said members had complained of a decline in business by 30% to 40% since the "free tours" began.

"People visit the casinos as the transportation is free. So when they have the opportunity, they just hop on the bus and head to Singapore," he said.

Earlier, Dr Wee commended the federation for its plans to raise RM1mil to help members' children who excelled in their studies.

Dr Wee said he also concurred with the federation's appeal that the authorities act against foreigners who had been setting up hawker stalls as this could jeopardise their business.

Source: http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne...10-246512.html

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