Employer’s responsibility: Jaujan
Published on: Friday, October 11, 2019
By: Anthea Peter
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KOTA KINABALU: The welfare of recreation club workers affected by the State Government’s decision to ban slot machines is the responsibility of the employer, said Deputy Chief Minister cum Local Housing and Government Minister, Datuk Dr Jaujan Sambakong.

“We are only prohibiting the slot machines. Other businesses in the club, whether it is the restaurant, healthcare and gyms are still ongoing,” he told reporters when asked on the Government’s stance after the Borneo Green City International Convention, Thursday. 

Despite the protest staged by afflicted recreation club workers on Monday, the Government is standing firm on its decision to no longer issue operating licences for slot machines. 

“It is the Cabinet’s decision”, he said, adding that many things have been taken into consideration regarding the decision, especially that it is harmful to society. 

Jaujan was reported as saying the ban was made after several studies and public feedback had been made that gambling activities contributes to social ills in the local community.

Welfare Association of Recreation Club Employees (PKPKRS) President Yap How Nam claimed 3,000 employees and their 15,000 dependents would be affected by the decision.

Yap said they held the protest as Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal had failed to respond to their requests for a meeting and accused the State Government of ignoring the voice of the people. 

Jaujan reportedly said abiding by the law is important as the Government takes care of the community.

“This is our agenda to ensure the well-being of Sabahans. These businesses do not even contribute to economic growth,” he said.


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