Bets Off

Malaysians are mad about soccer, but if they want to wager a few ringgit on Manchester United or Arsenal, they do so at their own risk: gambling on the beautiful game is illegal in the predominantly Muslim nation. Last year, that situation was headed for change. Earlier this month, news was leaked that tycoon Vincent Tan had been awarded a license to run a national soccer-betting network by outgoing Prime Minister

Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in June 2003. The deal had never been made public. But almost as soon as the revelation was out, Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi,...

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