Casino Laws in Malaysia: Everything Players Need to Know

The laws surrounding casinos and gambling differ region to region, and even country to country, depending on legal structures, cultural norms, and religious beliefs. Malaysia is one such example of a country that has imposed fairly strict rules in regards to casinos, due to a blend of both secular and Islamic laws.

Gambling was introduced to Malaysia in the 19th century by Chinese merchants, and became common practice since this point, despite being heavily restricted. There are three main bodies regulating gambling across Malaysia: the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP), the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), and the Ministry of Finance (MoF). Together, they enforce rules formed by various legal acts such as the Betting Act of 1953 and the Lotteries Act of 1952.

Arguably the most important of the above is the Betting Act, which states that any kind of gambling is illegal unless done so with a license. Anybody offering wagering services without a legal license will be fined RM200,000 and be given up to five years in jail. As well as legally binding regulations, some of the Malaysian population comply with Sharia Law, which states that all forms of gambling are not to be practiced. However, this law is not imposed by the secular government. 

Like many other countries, Malaysia does not have comprehensive laws on online gambling specifically, partly because it is a relatively new form of the activity. As it stands, the legal status of online casinos is dictated by the Betting Act and the Common Gaming House Act, both of which were written in the 1950s. However, these laws only apply to companies that are based (or could be based) in Malaysia itself. There is currently no law that says a company that is based outside of Malaysia cannot offer online gambling services to residents of the country (source: 

At the moment, the forms of gambling which are legalized locally include horse racing, lotteries (of which there are six privately owned options), and casinos, although there is only one land-based casino, which is the Genting Highlands Resort. The resort was built in the 1970s and is a popular place for citizens to come and gamble, but is only open to those who are not Muslim and who are over 21 years old. Here, visitors can play all classic casino games, like roulette, blackjack, and slot machines. 

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So, what does the future hold for the casino industry in Malaysia? There have been predictions that its popularity will continue to grow, as projected revenue for the online games market alone is projected to reach US$23.89 million this year. There is no doubt that these numbers will continue to rise, and there have even been hopes that Malaysia will follow in the steps of its neighbor, Singapore, to become a gambling destination in Southeast Asia. Though this will only happen if the government loosens its laws surrounding both in-person and online gambling.

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