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Genting denies casino discussion
Published on: Sunday, April 28, 2024
By: FMT Reporters
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Genting denies casino discussion
PETALING JAYA: Genting Malaysia Bhd denied that it was in discussion with the Government to set up a casino at Forest City in Johor.

The denial by Malaysia’s sole casino operator follows similar statements by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Berjaya Corporation Bhd.

They were responding to a Bloomberg report that Anwar had met Berjaya founder Tan Sri Vincent Tan and Genting Group’s Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Datuk Lim Kok Thay last week to discuss a second casino licence for Forest City.

Quoting sources “familiar with the matter”, the report said a casino would revive the US$100 billion property project.

In a statement Satyrday, Genting Malaysia said neither the company nor Lim had been involved in any such discussions or meetings.

Describing the claims as untrue, it urged all parties to “immediately cease the publication and dissemination of the misinformation, remove the untrue claims, and provide the necessary clarification to the public to prevent further confusion”.

It also said it will not hesitate to take further action, if necessary, to protect the interests of the company and its stakeholders.

On Thursday, Anwar denied the report, and on Friday, he suggested that all parties mentioned in it should take “the necessary action” against the New York-based media organisation.

Berjaya also said on Friday that Tan had not taken part in any such discussions, and urged Bloomberg to remove the “inaccurate information”.

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