Kelvin Lee vs Tan Kin Lian: 1 - 0

Kudos for Kelvin Lee who raised up the issue about the iPhone app--supposedly generates numbers for TOTO lottery--created and sold by Tan Kin Lian & Associates.

Kelvin Lee could have chosen to report his finding to STOMP, but he approached TODAY instead. Well done! Heh.

While I agree with Mr Tan Kin Lian that he did not mean to promote gambling, I am somewhat puzzled to read his statement that IF he gets elected as President, he has to pass this business to another person.

Why? Does that mean that he agrees the iPhone app may not be morally right?

Business development manager Kelvin Lee was surfing through the iPhone App store on Wednesday night when he stumbled on an app that generates numbers for the bi-weekly TOTO lottery.

When he launched the app, he was surprised to find out that the app was created and sold by Tan Kin Lian & Associates, a software and consultancy firm run by presidential hopeful Tan Kin Lian.

Mr Lee, 34, who contacted TODAY, said: "Even though betting on TOTO and 4D is legal, what is legally right may not be morally right. Given the fact that Mr Tan is running for presidency, he should aim for some moral high ground, especially with public unhappiness over gambling."

TODAY found another similar app, OneInAMillion - also created by Mr Tan's company - in the iPhone App store.

When contacted by TODAY, Mr Tan stressed that the apps were part of "more than 10 apps" that were developed by his company.

"This concern (that these apps will encourage gambling) is exaggerated ... if some people like to try my app to get their unique numbers, I will be delighted. But I do not think that it will be addictive, and I certainly do not encourage them to be addicted to any form of gambling. But as a pastime and fun, it is all right."

He added that he saw TOTO and 4D as an entertainment for many ordinary people - "a way of having some distraction from the busy and hectic life".

Explaining why the apps were created, Mr Tan said he had asked his developer to try some simple apps and chose TOTO and 4D as they are popular games and are well known.

Mr Tan said the number of downloads for these two apps are "quite small" compared to other apps - including one for taxi booking - developed by his company. "If I get elected as President, I have to pass this business to another person ... But if I do not get elected, I intend to use the know-how in developing mobile games for many business applications involving mobile and web platforms," Mr Tan said.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Tan Kin Lian defends TOTO, 4D applications by his firm".


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