While attending a farewell lunch last Thursday for a colleague due to retire this week the conversation round the table led to the Astro's program 'Where The Money Drops' when one of the ladies and supported by another said this program is pure gambling. It had never entered my mind that this program harbored gambling of any kind. To me this game show is just a healthy educational game bent on testing the participants knowledge on their chosen categories of questions. I encouraged my kids at home to participate by playing it online whenever the show is on. I decided to google on this program and was surprised to find out lots of local muslim bloggers out there who are of the same opinion as these two ladies.
From a layman's view such as yours truly, gambling normally involves two parties who wage money or something of material value on an event with an uncertain outcome with the primary intent of winning additional money and/or material goods. In this game show the participants do not have to wage any money and the RM1,000,000 is provided by the organizer and 'given' to the participants to play the game and 'invest' the money on the answers they think is correct. If indeed this program is unknowingly encouraging gambling then why are the higher religious authorities keeping mum over this?
Anyway we had a nice lunch at the Oriental Restaurant just a few steps away from the office (for ladies only) for the soon-to-be retiree and of course there was some free flow of tears over her departure after 30 years of good working camaraderie. It is only farewell and not goodbye....we will all miss you for sure RM!
|Lunch was held here|
|The Lunch Spread|
|A farewell speech from her and her boss dabbing her eyes..sob sob|
|Sustenance for the day|