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Malaysian government says no to sports betting

As published in Malay Mail today
By Haresh Deol
KUALA LUMPUR — The government will not legalise sports betting despite claims the match-fixing threat has moved from Singapore to Malaysia.
Finance Minister II Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani said regulating sports betting would not ensure the long-standing menace would be eliminated.
“As far as the government is concerned, we are not going to approve sports betting. Simply put, it’s not a sector we’re looking into,” he said.
“What assurance do we have that match-fixing will be eradicated if sports betting is legalised? Singapore legalised sports betting, yet they also had syndicates operating illegally.
“We can’t be giving out licences just because there is a demand in the black market. That will not solve the problem.”
Johari said there were no records or data to show the amount of “illegal outflow” of the ringgit due to sports betting and that figures bandied around were merely estimates.
“Do we have real figures, numbers?…

HARESH SAYS: Courteous doctors can ease budget cuts pain

As published in Malay Mail today

By Haresh Deol

I BECAME a father on Oct 24.

Having been by my wife’s side every step of the way, we were blessed with our bundle of joy, a baby boy, just days before Deepavali.

Our journey to parenthood was made easy thanks to one man — Datuk Dr Alex Mathews.

A well-known figure in the fraternity and beyond, the former Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia president (1993/1994) comforted us every step of the way through his fatherly-like approach.

The well-groomed tie-wearing doctor, who could pass off as a headmaster, has a keen interest in sports. Having served the government for many years, his experience and wisdom are evident not only through his greyish hair but from his choice of words (and intonation), reassuring patients they are in good hands.

I, had on our first visit to his clinic, asked if it was fine for Mrs to join me on a ride to Koh Lanta, Thailand. I promised we would stop at many places along the way to break the 800…