Recreation clubs can continue with other business activities – Jaujan
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.