Ask anyone where the best place to visit a casino is and they will tell you to go to Genting Highlands. This would be where the Genting Highlands Resort is located and is home to the Genting Group, one of the most prominent companies in Malaysia today. This is basically the brainchild of casino magnate Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong who spent years working on materializing his dream of having an entertainment city in the highlands for everyone in the family.
History back to 1965
It all started in 1964 when he was working on a hydro-electric power project in Cameron Highlands which was then a hill resort used by the British colonials and saw that a hill resort for Malaysians would be ideal. He then identified Gunung Ulu Kali not far from Kuala Lumpur which would take an enormous task to venture through the dense jungle and forests.
Tan Sri Lim then established Genting Highlands Berhad in 1965 together with the late Tan Sri Haji Mohammed Noah bin Omar and then gained approval to develop the hill from the Selangor and Pahang state governments. That same year saw the company embarking on its effort to build the city and in 4 year’s time saw the road accessing through Genting Sempah towards the peak built. The Highlands Hotel was the first hotels built there and when the project took off without any government assistance, a gaming license was suggested.
Since then, Genting Group has grown by leaps and bounds and today is the premier gaming companies in Asia and the world. In Genting alone, there are 5 operating hotels while the Genting Group has flourished with expansion through to the United Kingdom and other parts of Asia like Singapore and the Philippines. Tan Sri Lim passed away in 2007 and the empire has since been managed by his second son Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay who is now the seventh richest Malaysian while his Puan Sri Lee Kim Hua is eighth richest in the country.