Renewal of Mahjong License to be reviewed by Kedah
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak stated that the Kedah government of Alor Setar will be reviewing the renewal of Mahjong license and approval will not be granted automatically. Approval will only be granted after the local council entertainment committees have been consulted.

Razak told reports that “Mahjong is a form of gambling. For that reason we are reviewing the license renewal. “Razak told the reporters this after he presented 346 heads of cattle for the Aidiladha sacrifice to the district offices and state government agencies and departments on Monday.

The state government is only considering approving the license to Chinese associations only pending discussions and study. The game is under discussion as the government has found that gambling is destroying families in the area and some of the gamblers are resorting to getting loans from loan sharks to pay their debts.

It is quite interesting to see how other parts of the world handle their gaming and gambling policies. Many countries have different ways of dealing with gambling and casino games and Kedah is one of the countries struggling with the decision of licensing mahjong or denying a license.

- 2009-11-25

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