an, who relinquished his position as chairman of Berjaya Corp Bhd in early 2012, said Malaysia should have more than one casino operated by different parties to give locals and tourists more options.
A second casino would generate more income for the government and accelerate growth in several sectors, including tourism and hospitality, he said.
Tan had applied for a licence to operate a casino at Berjaya Hills Resort in Pahang more than 12 years ago but it was rejected amid protests from some quarters
Berjaya Hills is home to Colmar Tropicale, the Chateau Spa and Organic Wellness Resort, a golf and country club and other recreational facilities. The resort has a permit to operate slot machines.
Business Times reported in 2014 that Tan might re-apply for the gaming licence.
He had planned to invest RM3 billion initially to set up a gaming complex at Berjaya Hills.
Tan said in 2014 he was prepared to pump in money and bring in investors to help develop the complex, which would include a gaming centre, indoor and outdoor theme parks, food outlets, a retail mall, hotels, a convention centre and holiday homes.
He had also planned to employ about 10,000 locals to run the complex while the project would benefit Malaysia in terms of foreign exchange gain and economic spillovers.
"The government should give us the licence as we are investing and creating jobs for the people.
Why give Genting the monopoly for 50 to 60 years?
"We are in the lottery business and we never had a monopoly. The pie for the casino business is big enough for us to share," said Tan
Tan was here yesterday for the official opening of Four Seasons Hotel and Hotel Residences Kyoto.
Analysts polled by Business Times said the government might grant Berjaya a casino licence to strengthen the economy and increase government coffers.
"There is a possibility as Berjaya is already operating a lottery business, but we don't expect the licence to be granted so soon," said an analyst who declined to be named.
Bursa Malaysia-listed Genting, whose reach extends beyond gaming to hotel operations, oil and gas, palm oil production and cruise lines, among others, is the most dominant player in the Asian gambling sector outside of Macau.