Misunderstood. Did you know that Najib Razak's administration has REFUSED to grant Vincent Tan a car manufacturing license to build China's BYD cars here? Yep, it hardly made the news. And no full-page blog entry by RPK accusingVincent Tan of being a mere trustee for UMNO. But reissue him a sports betting license (see the Bloomberg report below) and Vincent Tan suddenly becomes UMNO'S biggest crony since Malaysia was formed.
Yet Vincent Tan must take the blame, for most part of it, on how his communications team let him down. Vincent Tan's half-a-billion planned donation, may have been laced with good intentions, but with scant thought for muslim sentimentality. Every muslim and everyone who respects Islam knows it's not halal for a Muslim to accept money or gift from sale of a haram asset.
Malaysia Has Yet to Issue Betting License to Ascot, Najib Says
2010-06-08 04:37:35.758 GMT
By Ranjeetha Pakiam
June 8 (Bloomberg) -- Malaysia’s government has yet to
issue a sports betting license to Ascot Sports Sdn., Prime
Minister Najib Razak told Parliament in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
The government is discussing the licensing terms and
conditions while getting feedback on the plan from various
parties, Najib said in his written statement obtained by
Bloomberg today. The government is considering the license to
help reduce illegal betting activities in the country, he said.