Pas and DAP not in sync over casino

(New Straits Times) – Inconsistent answers from Pas and DAP assemblymen on the fate of the casino in Genting Highlands drew flak from the backbenchers who claimed that the opposition was afraid to lose votes if they had a common stand on the issue.

Pas assemblymen Syed Hamid Syed Mohamad (Kuala Semantan) and Syed Mohammed Tuan Lonnik (Beserah) said that the party could not tolerate gambling and would close the casino if the opposition took over the state.

“Tell me which religion allows gambling? We (Pas) can never compromise on gambling and that is why we want to stop such activities (in Genting Highlands),” said Syed Hamid.

However, Leong Ngah Ngah (DAP-Triang) said the matter should be discussed further while Choong Siew Onn (DAP-Tras) said any decision on the issue should only be made after the opposition won the state in the next general election.

They were responding to a question raised by Datuk Chuah Boon Seong (BN-Mentakab) when debating on next year’s budget in the state assembly yesterday.