Betting Act 1953

The Betting Act 1953 (Malay: Akta Pertaruhan 1953), is a Malaysian law enacted to suppress betting houses and betting in public places.

Betting Act 1953
CitationAct 495
Territorial extentThroughout Malaysia
Enacted1953 (Ord. No. 47 of 1953)
Revised: 1992 (Act 495 w.e.f. 15 October 1992)
Effective[Peninsular Malaysia—15 October 1953;
Sabah, Sarawak and Federal Territory of Labuan—15 April 1992, P.U. (B) 164/1992, P.U. (B) 165/1992]
Amended by
Federal Constitution (Modification of Laws) (Ordinance and Proclamations) Order 1958 [L.N. 332/1958]

Banishment Ordinance 1959 [Ord. 11/1959]
Betting (Amendment) Act 1961 [Act 8/1961]
Betting (Amendment) Act 1989 [Act A741]
Modification of Laws (Common Gaming Houses, Lotteries, Betting and Sweepstakes Duties and Racing) (Totalizator Board) (Extension to the Federal Territory of Labuan) Order 1991 [P.U. (A) 376/1991]

Modification of Laws (Common Gaming Houses, Lotteries, Betting and Sweepstakes Duties and Racing) (Totalizator Board) (Extension to the States of Sabah and Sarawak) Order 1991 [P.U. (A) 377/1991]
Related legislation
Racing (Totalizator Board) Act 1961 [Act 494]
Status: In force


The Betting Act 1953, in its current form (1 January 2006), consists of 22 sections and no schedule (including 6 amendments), without separate parts.

  • Section 1: Short title
  • Section 2: Interpretation
  • Section 3: Nuisance
  • Section 4: Offences relating to common betting houses and betting information centres
  • Section 5: Advancing money for conducting
  • Section 6: Betting in a common betting house, and book-making
  • Section 6A: Penalty for publication or announcement of result of a horse race
  • Section 7: Money paid recoverable
  • Section 8: Presumption against person accepting or receiving stakes, etc.
  • Section 9: Presumption against house and occupier
  • Section 9A: Presumptions against betting information centre and occupier
  • Section 10: Presumption against house, occupier, and owner
  • Section 11: Order for demolition of structural contrivances for facilitating betting
  • Section 12: Search warrant against premises
  • Section 13: Search warrant against persons
  • Section 13A: Arrest and search upon suspicion
  • Section 14: Magistrate, Justice of the Peace or Senior Police Officer may search
  • Section 14A: Evidence by police officer to be presumptive evidence
  • Section 15: Protection of informers from discovery
  • Section 16: Examination of offenders
  • Section 17: Binding over on second conviction
  • Section 18: Trial
  • Section 19: Stakes
  • Section 20: Exemption from Act
  • Section 21: Reward to informer
  • Section 22: (Omitted)


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