- /Taipei Times/ - Chinese immigrant Lim Goh-tong, with help from
gambling magnates and other gamblers, has built what is claimed
to be the world's largest hotel.
transformed a hillside in the Malaysian jungle into the powerhouse
behind a billion-dollar empire. And Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad
turned up August 2 to help Lim celebrate -- despite the fact that
the premier is barred from setting foot in the business.
sign on a door in one of five hotels warns that Malaysian Muslims
will be guilty of an offense under state religious laws if they
step inside: it's the Casino de Genting. The prime minister, the
king and 60 percent of Malaysians are Muslims, but more than a quarter
of the 23 million population are Chinese, renowned for their love
of gambling, and for them Malaysia's only casino has a siren's welcome.
the Genting Highlands resort include indoor and outdoor "theme
parks," the latest of which is the First World Plaza offering
a miniature Europe complete with Eiffel Tower and depressed-looking
life-sized model gondoliers taking tourists endlessly around a man-made
Genting Bhd, incorporated in 1968 as he hacked the first road