Recre­ation clubs can con­tinue with other busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties – Jau­jan

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - Front Page - By Jenne La­jiun

KOTA KINABALU: Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Hous­ing Min­is­ter, Datuk Jau­jan Sam­bakong said that only slot ma­chines are be­ing stopped from op­er­a­tion in Sabah and that the en­ti­ties, namely the recre­ation clubs, that used to op­er­ate them can con­tinue with their other busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties.

He said that the recre­ation clubs may also run fit­ness cen­tres, pubs and restau­rants which are not af­fected by the rul­ing.

He then said that the em­ploy­ers of the af­fected work­ers due to the stop­page of the slot ma­chine op­er­a­tion should look af­ter their wel­fare.

Speak­ing to re­porters at the launch of the Bor­neo Green City In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion held at Mar­riott Ho­tel near here yes­ter­day, Jau­jan, who rep­re­sented the Chief Min­is­ter, Datuk Seri Pan­glima Shafie Haji Ap­dal has said pre­vi­ously that the de­ci­sion to stop the op­er­a­tion of slot ma­chines in Sabah is made be­cause of the many woes it had caused on fam­i­lies whose mem­bers are ad­dicted to it.

The gov­ern­ment's de­ci­sion to stop the is­suance of slot ma­chines in Sabah has caused an uproar, with 3,000 mem­bers of the Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion of Recre­ation Clubs hold­ing a strike that their liveli­hood are ad­versely af­fected.

Also af­fected are their im­me­di­ate family, it said, stat­ing that the to­tal num­ber was around 15,000 peo­ple.

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