Kota Kinabalu: The odds of Sabah getting a casino licence are probably a million to one but that's not stopping a Member of Parliament from trying his luck.
Batu Sapi MP Edmund Chong Ket Wah (PBS) made the call while debating the 10th Malaysia Plan at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.
Chong urged Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to consider approving a casino licence for the state to help boost its tourism industry.
He said the existing law that allows Genting Highland could also be applied to allow a casino in Sabah and the stakes are high.
"Kundasang in Sabah has the same climate and environment like in Genting. In Sabah now, there are 44 jackpot licences and 425 jackpot machines. If all these 425 jackpot machines are placed in one building, it is already a casino," said Chong.
"If not for the casino in Genting, there would be no indoor and outdoor theme parks. If not for the casino in Genting, there would be no Arena of Stars for international stars and shows.
"If not for the casino in Genting, there would not be thousands of rooms up there and if there is no casino up there, there would be no millions of people going up there and no millions of ringgit earned," he said.
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