Study: Schoolchildren picking up habit from peers and parents

PETALING JAYA: With the 2014 FIFA World Cup set to kick off in less than two months, there are worries over the amount of money to be lost in bets placed by youths and children.

A study by Gamblers Rehab Centre (GRC) Malaysia showed that 93% of the 600 primary schoolchildren surveyed gambled.

Most of them indulged in gambling during Chinese New Year gatherings and during weddings of family members or relatives.

It described gambling as a “fun pastime” which also helped them make easy money.

The survey, conducted at 61 locations nationwide between March and December last year, also found that 89% of 5,0…
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