by Hon. Dr. Yee Moh Chai, M.P. for Tanjung Aru (P.156)
in Kota Kinabalu
on 4th February 1998
is highly regrettable that Datuk Wences Angang, the Assistant Minister
to the Local Government and Housing, should publicly demonstrate his
ignorance over the change of his own Sabah State Government’s gaming
policy regarding the slot machines.
that Datuk Wences should check with his Permanent Secretary before
he makes further statements regarding the slot machines which could
be construed as misleading.
Chief Minister of Sabah, Datuk Yong Teck Lee, who has stated that
the State Government consistently stood firm in its policy on
public gaming ( re: his 1998 New Year message ) is obliged to
tell us the considerations he has taken into account in allowing
his Government to have 30 more, in addition to the earlier 20, establishments
to operate slot machines after an earlier announcement that 39 establishments
in Sabah would not be allowed to operate slot machines from 1st
Yong Teck Lee, being the Chief Minister of Sabah, is also obliged
to tell us the considerations he has taken into account, given
his stated gaming policy, in allowing his Government not objecting
to the transfer of all the slot machines from 9 establishments,
which were supposed to cease operations, to be used in others.
the State Government of Sabah has, in effect, allowed these establishments
to operate their slot machines in the end, the Chief Minister of
Sabah, therefore, has a duty to tell us the true motives of his
Government in announcing publicly that these establishments concerned
would not be allowed to operate slot machines in the first instance.