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A gamble which Najib lost badly

Kee Thuan Chye  |  Published:  |  Modified:

COMMENT So, it's finally final. No legalised sports betting. After all that vacillating and humming and hawing, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has come out to say the Finance Ministry has withdrawn the approval it had initially given to Ascot Sports Sdn Bhd.

He even admitted that approval was indeed given - but only "in principle" - confirming something he had sought to evade on June 15 when he said no licence had been awarded to Ascot Sports.

Revoking the approval is bad form, of course. What we would call buruk siku - taking something back after giving. It doesn't augur well for the government as the public will view this as another of its flip-flops...

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