Malaysiakini - Mahathir gives thumbs up to sports betting.
On Pakatan Rakyat’s objection to licensing sports betting, Dr Mahathir said: "They are doing it for politics and not (for) Islam. How could DAP (be expected to) uphold Islam? This is opposition politics. They are looking for mileage."
I am puzzled by his argument that if DAP has been against sports betting, it has to be only for politics and not religious belief, as stressed by his assertion “How could DAP be expected to uphold Islam?”
In that assertion, Dr M has virtually asserted that only Islam and therefore Muslims would be against gambling. But what about Christianity, Buddhism, and a host of other religions? Look, even some atheists are against gambling.
One doesn’t need religious belief to be against gambling. One only needs self evaluation, self control and self motivation.
Now it makes me wonder whether Muslims gambled away billions belonging to Bank Negara (and thus the Malaysian public) but unfortunately for us Malaysians, the gambler or gamblers ter-koyak (was ripped apart).
I wonder too whether 'twas Muslims who gambled away with tin at the London Metal Exchange and lost heavily?
Today there are members-only clubs where high ranking Muslims main judi (gamble) nightly by the thousands of ringgit, if not tens of thousands ringgit per hand. Credit? No problem, Datuk & Datin.
I always believe if you can afford it, it’s up to you.
If you can’t like my neighbour Makcik Puteh and her sad addiction to belangkas then don’t.
But let's not involve religion.