Malaysia only has one place where people can gamble legally and that is a casino in Genting Highlight Resort at Genting Highlands. Genting Highlands is located in Pahang, a state on the right of the country’s capital, Kuala Lumpur. The drive is usually an hour-long, without traffic, because the road is relatively straightforward. Many locals as well as foreigners who are here for the casino would stay at Genting Highlands. Gambling in Malaysia first appeared in the 19th century because of Chinese merchants that would stop in Malaya after months of sailing. It quickly became popular among the locals and later, when Malaya was colonized by British, horse racing was introduced. Through horse racings, sports betting also become a significant way of gambling in Malaya. However, as time passes and Islam become the country’s official religion, gambling is prohibited across the country except for one place and that is in Genting Highlands. It was initiated by a conglomerate called the “Genting Group” in 1969 where it’s founder Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong submitted a proposal to then prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman to build a casino and the proposal was accepted. Then license was granted and finally, in 1971, a casino named Casino de Genting was formally opened. Due to the development, the casino was moved to Genting Highlights Resort and then finally to its official place in First World Hotel in 2004. Casino de Genting is open for 24 hours every day. Various games can be found there, poker, baccarat, roulette, blackjack and many more. You can even find roughly 3000 slot machines there.
The legal regulations in Malaysia on gambling can be found under Common Gaming House Act from 1953. Later in 1st January 2006, some changes were introduced to the act. Ministry of Finance has the control over casino and they are also responsible of granting licences. However, in 2003, Malaysia government decided to not grant any more licences and only allow Casino de Genting to remain open. Because Islam prohibits all Muslims from gambling, only non-Muslims are permitted to enter the casino and you would have to be 21 years old and above to enter.
Betting law in Malaysia is under Betting Act of 1953. There is a clear line drawn between legal gambling and illegal gambling. There are horse racing betting and lottery that are legal because they have the necessary licences permitted by the government. For companies that does not have the licences and does illegal gambling, they will be punished. The punishment is maximum six months prison sentence.
For the Sharia Law that all Muslim in the country fall under, gambling of any kind is simply forbidden. Even the legal ones. If you are caught gambling and the authorities check that you are a Muslim, you can be thrown to jail for up to two years because it is considered quite a major offence under the Sharia Law. However, there are many Muslims that are involved in gambling, they just have to be careful not to get caught by authorities.
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