Gambling in Malaysia is not something an average Malaysian citizen would do. Especially considering that 60% of the Malaysian population is Muslim, and the fact that gambling is forbidden or haram. But still, the odd 40% of the population is non Muslim. That means they still have the right to gamble if they want to. While gambling is not inherently illegal, it is still frowned upon by some parts of the non Muslim society. Seen as an act similar to drinking and adultery. Even though gambling is not considered a healthy activity to be doing, some cultures in Malaysia encourage gambling especially during religious and cultural festivities.
There are a few ways to gamble in Malaysia including lotteries, casino games and horse racing as well as just friendly card games or mahjong with family and friends. However, during this global pandemic, it is hard to meet up with friends or family to gamble. Even going outside to buy a lottery ticket can be a hassle and going to the casino to gamble or bet on horses is out of the question. We can only hope for the pandemic to end soon so we can all go back to our normal lives and possibly, continue gambling.
As for this article, we are going to cover casinos in Malaysia. There is only one casino malaysia in the entire country. Known as the Casino de Genting, it is located in the Genting Group’s integrated hill resort at Genting Highlands, Pahang. The reason Malaysia only has one casino is due to the Malaysian government trying to curb gambling addiction by no longer granting casino licenses. Vehicles and other modes of transit take less than an hour to reach Casino de Genting. Tourists can come by limousine, coach, bus, shuttle service, or take a taxi directly to the entrance of the casino. The awe-inspiring Genting Skyway Cable Cars are an alternative if you feel more adventurous.
The casino boasts over 200,000 square feet of casino floor space, making it one of the world’s largest casinos. In the casino, there are more than 3,000 slots and other electronic poker machines and over 400 gaming tables. Although there is only one casino in the country, there are still other places to gamble at including organized horse racing. During the British colonial period, professional horse racing was introduced in Malaysia. In Malaysia, there are three racing courses and each traces its origins to the late 1800s; Penang Turf Club, Perak Turf Club and Selangor Turf Club. Most sources say that betting at the actual turf club is only legal, although we have seen a listing for two off-track betting facilities at Selangor Turf Club.
In conclusion, gambling in Malaysia might not be the most common recreational activity, but it is one of the most entertaining activities to take part in. The feeling of the possibility to win big is adrenaline rushing but the regret of losing big is also heartbreaking to say the least. For more articles such as this one, click here.