PETALING JAYA - The final whistle has been blown. Now come the calls. Troubled punters are seeking help from the Gamblers Rehab Centre, with calls increasing several fold.
The number of calls to the centre has doubled to about 10 daily, compared to three or four a day prior to the game.
"Normally, gamblers sell their houses or cars to settle their debts.
"They will never stop finding money to cover their debts as long as they continue to gamble," the centre told The Star yesterday.
It said gamblers tend to fall into a vicious cycle and end up borrowing money from loan sharks, friends and have credit card debts.
Some also end up being suicidal and saw their marriages hit the rocks, said the centre.
"Even children of gamblers are affected. We have seen children of gamblers go to bed hungry and turn to gambling like their parents when they grow up.
"They are also forced to give up any chance of obtaining a good tertiary education," the centre said.
On suicide cases due to gambling debts, the centre said it was currently handling a case of a man who jumped off a building but survived the fall.
The centre urged the Government to monitor gambling activities in Malaysia which was a problem faced by all races.