Legalising a wrong does not make it right!

Many people have spoken for and against sports betting. I have not wanted to comment on it since so much have been said. yesterday, even PPP have come out and supported the move to have sports betting. So maybe it is time for me to say something and for you all commentator there to comment.

We know that sports betting can bring in a lot of money. It may be good for the treasury. That is the argument that the government and pro betting lobby is using.

But the issue here should be whether betting or gambling is good. Even a primary student can tell you that gambling is bad, betting is bad. A teacher, who may be heavily involved in gambling, will never tell his students that gambling is good.. He knows it is wrong even though he himself may be deep into gambling. obsessive gambling is actually a pathological state and requires therapy.

Take an analogy. We now that we can gain materially from conning people. But does that justify us going around conning people? No, because it is morally wrong and whatever gain from this morally wrong activity will be ill gotten gain. We should not do it because if we do it and everyone in society does it, there will be no more morality left in the world.

Similarly, we know that betting is bad. To encourage betting just because it may bring in lots of money is like encouraging people to con and cheat since conning and cheating can be quite lucrative business too.  It is like encouraging ladies to sell their bodies just because it is lucrative and government can make a pile on it. Once the flood gate is open, there will be no end in sight….

We know that even if we do not legalize betting, there will be die hard gamblers betting illegally. This is up to the enforcement and the police to tackle, and should not be used as a reason to justify legalizing something which is morally wrong. To eventually get rid of this problem of betting, we must start from young, and must start from our education, both in schools and at home.

We have heard stories about people committed suicide, how happy families became bankrupt and broken after some members of the families indulged heavily in betting. These are real stories. If we encouraging betting by legalising it, maybe in future, it could be our own grandchildren  that will commit suicide, that will have a broken families because of betting.

It is wrong to legalise a wrong and even by doing so, a wrong is still a wrong and cannot be righted!


17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sam
    Jun 12, 2010 @ 11:54:15

    Gambling is really bad and it can destroy families! I’ve seen this happen in my village a long time ago during my childhood. That is the reason why I dislike gambling and have never entered the Genting Casino although I’ve been to Genting many times to enjoy the fresh air and coolness. I’ve also seen one case where the aunt of a classmate resorted to prostitution to settle money owing to Ah Long borrowed for gambling. Licensed or not, gambling is bad and should not be allowed. I agree fully with Dr. Hsu that legal gambling does not make gambling good. It may even be worse!


  2. WEC
    Jun 12, 2010 @ 12:05:17

    Dr. Hsu,

    What do you do when you are poor and when your position does not warrant you the power to kauting or runding? Of course, you place a bet on 4D or Toto just hoping for a windfall.

    If you were to pass by up a betting station, you will see people like me q-ing up parting our saving on betting for a way out. Please do not despise us. We just want a better tomorrow for our family and that is our only avenue.



  3. XYZ
    Jun 12, 2010 @ 16:59:01

    If the govt allow sport betting, using the same logic, prostitution should be legalized as well. In fact prostitution could be part of a national social service provision. After all, sex is natural. The main issue with most people are morality but that is subjective. Of course, STD (sexually tranmitted disease) could be a concern but in the case of smoking and alcohol, health issue is also a possible problem.

    There is no right or wrong – moderate is the key word.


  4. sleekk
    Jun 12, 2010 @ 17:01:50

    Someone can start with legal gambling and when their money runs out, they will move on to illegal gambling because illegal gambling allows a credit limit. When that credit limit is reached, they borrow from ah longs to continue gambling.

    The fact is that many people cannot stop gambling once they are hooked. It is an addiction that is very much like drug addiction. The only solution is don’t start gambling, legal or otherwise.


  5. Li Li Fa
    Jun 12, 2010 @ 17:16:23

    Betting is a way for people to play with chances , permutations and wishful hope. With a little bit of ‘investment’ people hope to reap a hefty return.

    Many a time, the hope will be dashed when the results are announced. So hoping to turn wishes to riches, these people continue to ‘invest’ in their future. Through luck, sometimes their hopes and ‘investments’ can bring in some returns when the permutations and chances are correctly strucked. But to bet our tomorrow on it is too risky , wasteful and frivolous.

    Of course, the gaming big boys and the authorities will be laughing their way to the bank when players place their bets. Definately they will have a better tomorrow but not the ordinary folks who are living from hand to mouth.

    From a little investment, the stakes can be increased when one is overcome by the betting spirit. No self talking or persuasion from friends and family members will be able to stop the urge to bet for more returns. This punter is on the path of no return.

    A bird in hand is worth two in the bush. Betting is a ‘lucrative bush’. Would you want to lose your savings and family(in your hand) for the wishful bets in the bush?

    States like Penang and Selangor is banning sports betting. Perhaps more states should take the cue from there.


  6. clearwater
    Jun 12, 2010 @ 18:33:27

    Legalized sports betting, like most organized forms of gambling, is evil and destructive. Its revenue raising value is far outweighed by its power to mesmerize the gullible and ruin lives. It can become an addictive vice. I am totally against it.


  7. disgusted
    Jun 12, 2010 @ 22:57:57

    “Legalizing a wrong does not make it right……”

    Besides betting, legalizing an unethical move does not make it right and I am referring to the Erection Commission, the lapdog of AMNO…in redrawing the erection lines….watch out for this dirty trick……doing behind close doors…

    So to the master’s favor…..another form of betting that the master will win big next round.


  8. Meng
    Jun 13, 2010 @ 00:06:37

    Doc what about legalizing Prostitution , it will reduce crime against women and children as compared to legalized sports betting which is destructive.


  9. julian
    Jun 13, 2010 @ 01:02:31

    Hi Dr. Hsu, it has been a long time since we met and brain stormed…:)
    I’m for if it can stop illegal gambling. If not then keep the existing and clamop down on the illegal. You may find that it pays more than having a new issue…


  10. clear conscience
    Jun 13, 2010 @ 08:30:07

    Statistics have shown that betting favours the one who offers the bets such as 4D, Sports Toto etc. Pundits will never be able to win in the long run.

    Don’t be stupid….just because someone wins doesn’t you will win. Of course there will be a chance for you to win but the probability of you winning in the long run is low…the odds are against you.

    Those who tell you that legalizing betting would eradicate illegal betting is piece of bullshit if you base on actuarial science statistics. Don’t be con by these people who profess on this argument. Just look at the profits of any betting company. Do you find them losing money?

    That answers the question of those wanting to get out of “poverty” by resorting to betting. If you know you are sure to be on the losing end, why pursue into one dead end….which is to make you poorer.

    Dr Hsu has hit it right. It is immorally wrong for those companies offering bets or those wanting to legalize betting and I base this argument on the above basis of “sure lose in the long run”.

    The decision to bet at existing outlets is your but for legalizing sports betting, I definitely have a say in the process.

    So all Malaysians, rise up to your say. Say NO TO SPORTS BETTING.

    Sports should be enjoyed and should not lead us to misery. The current World Cup sees many enjoying the carnival on big screen with family & friend goes to show how much Malaysians should continue to enjoy.


  11. Cadraver
    Jun 13, 2010 @ 11:20:27

    I don’t dislike gambling, but I have to agree that uncontrolled gambling is a precursor to many broken, and shattered families.

    I have seen friends whose parents have gambled away their savings, and I’ve seen entire businesses wasted away because the proprietors have chosen to stake it all on a World Cup final.

    However, aside from additional revenue to the government, would you agree that the process of legalizing gambling would lead to proper regulation?

    If gambling were to be legalized, and regulated properly (monitoring individual gamblers and their spending patterns), wouldn’t that mean less of illegal gambling, which has its connections to the underworld?

    Even so, it’s still a case of treating the symptom, rather than treating the problem, which is really addiction, but it would be a step in a certain direction, wouldn’t it?


  12. klm
    Jun 13, 2010 @ 12:20:51

    Legalising gambling is just a means to justify the end. It is a means of building election and political funds for the incumbent govt. Do you think the people in power care about the consequence to the people.

    I remembered this story from some one I met. He told me at one time he was asked by Genting Uncle Lim to carry 10M RM cash to the political leader for election. This was many years ago. Imagine Uncle Tan giving 100M RM Cash from this legal sports betting for the next election.
    Imagine Uncle Tan buying Hee in Perak. Imagine Uncle Tan paying opposition MPs and ADUNS.

    This is the real reason for legalising spots betting. Not money to treasury. That is just a by product.


  13. Dr Hsu
    Jun 13, 2010 @ 13:17:11

    Hi Julian
    How r you? Long since we last met. Maybe should get together one day, and tell me about your experience in your new party. All the best


  14. looes74
    Jun 13, 2010 @ 15:24:12

    If only if Malaysian government deem to be as clean as Singapore, I would not mind the following action

    1) Nationalise betting operations. Place them under 1 statutory body run by the Finance Minsitry under the strict scrutiny of parliament.

    2) All proceeds go back to the people

    Instead of one Vincent Tan running the show, why not letting the state government running them themselves? It’s a source of revenue

    The issue is about Vincent Tan. His alleged involvement in funding BN. Remember Perak


  15. foo
    Jun 13, 2010 @ 21:05:51

    BN / UMNO’s money chest is empty !. Connect all the dots and we will come to this conclusion. Surrendering Block L snd M to Brunai , giving KTM land to Singapore , wanting to abolish subsidies, implementing GST and now allowing Berjaya to run sport betting. BN / UMNO is “poikei “.

    This is Islam Hadhari at work ? Are we a muslim majority country ? It doesn’t seem so ?.Very contradictory. A flip-flop gomen we have.


  16. disgusted
    Jun 13, 2010 @ 21:42:30

    It is an un-disputable fact that gambling revenue is a huge source of fund for Barang Naik during erection times. In the past the least donation is RM1 million per component party and big corporations are also donors. Special draws are the ones to watch especially nearing an general erection, the monster in power gives special approval to an un-usually more numbers of special draws.

    Bunting Highlands has been contributing for decades.


  17. aca
    Jun 16, 2010 @ 23:13:46

    only in Bolehland conceived by the Master of Cronyism, Mahatir that three major rail lines do not connect! where can you find this superb transportation system. what to do, one for Vincent Tan, one for UMNO, and another for someone else.


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