First time. Dr M has named P. Gunasegaram as an "(new) Umno boy and spin doctor". [see Screenshots for context]
Brendan Pereira, the ex-Singapore Straits Times operative, has been mentioned before but for Guna, yesterday was a first.
Interestingly, in his latest weekly column Question Time in the Edge ["We Need Another Casino", pg 57], Guna argued about the merits of setting up a casino in Danga Bay, a tourist attraction in the heart of Johor Baru, the capital of Johor, the birthplace of Umno.
Guna supports a new casino to compete with Singapore's two casinos which should come on stream in the next few years. Yes, the call for a new casino "may be strange one to make in a Malaysia which is increasingly assimilating Islamic values," he writes, "but there are compelling economic arguments for it."
"And really, there will not be a compromise with religion because Muslims can still be kept out of it. It's a business and economic decision - that's all."
Guna is a veteran and knows the sensitivity of the casino he's promoting. You'll find .. mention of Islam and Muslims in the story, though not once was AAB-sponsored Islam Hadhari mentioned, to assure Umno and the government that there shouldn't he a backlash.
"Of course, the Muslims would be barred from the casino as is currently the practice at Genting."
"Remember, while our casinos will restrict Muslims, it won't restrict non-Muslim Malaysians."
"Muslims too will find the projects attractive because of its promenades and walkways, its food courts, its theme parks and other attractions."
"The only difference is we will not be handicapped by excluding some activities which may be considered to be less inviting for Muslims."
"All we need to do is to ensure that Muslims do not take part in these activities and to control all unsavoury aspects so that they (the activities) do not get our of hand."
Now, what will Umno Johor say to a Johor Casino?
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