Hornbill Unleashed

June 16, 2017

PBDSB backs Abdul Karim’s stand on Tourism Tax

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Image result for Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak BaruParti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) supports the stand taken by the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah on the Tourism Tax.

Its deputy president Patrick Anek Uren said being a new law it should get the prior consent of the state government first.

He pointed out that since it did not get any consent from Sarawak government, which was never even consulted in the first place, Sarawak has every right to reject its implementation within its territory.

“Our minister’s vocal resentment over the manner with which Sarawak has been treated with regard to it is reasonable.

“And every Sarawakian has a duty to support the stand he has taken. PBDSB, that is promoting the idea that the rights of

Sarawak under MA63 should be retained within and those that have been lost should be returned to the state of Sarawak, welcomes the stand taken by Abdul Karim as being positive, consistent with our ideals,” he said in a press statement yesterday.

Anek believed that to impose new taxes on tourists coming to Sarawak would only be adding additional cost to them.

As such, he said it is counterproductive to the efforts to promote the state and attract more tourists.

“Moreover as the proposed new tourism tax will be by additional charge imposed on hotel rooms of various categories, it will inevitably affect our internal local tourists, coming and going from one district to another as well,” he said.

The former parliamentarian said given the state’s existing standard of road networks, and that the much advertised Pan Borneo Highway is hardly one per cent completed to date, the added costs of hotel rooms in the form of tourism tax would be a great disincentive to the local tourists and a great burden to them as well.

“This will mean instead of promoting the tourism industry, the tourism tax will be like the saying of the common parlance ‘like killing the goose that lays the golden egg’ – it will cripple the still infant tourism industry, sort of.

“In that regard, therefore we say we are agreeable to the state minister’s stand with regard to the proposed Tourism Tax,” he said.

Anek noted that Sarawak and Sabah have a special position in Malaysia and in their relationship with Malaya that comprises 11 states and by virtue of Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), therefore leaders from the federal government should never behave as if they regard Sarawak and its ministers as inferior to them.

“Indeed Sarawak and its state Ministers should be treated fairly and with much respect given that Sarawak’s oil and gas and revenues from other sources from Sarawak have for the past ever 50 years been milked to the benefit of Putrajaya and who in turn been using those revenues to develop Malaya only and meanwhile denying the over-all development of Sarawak.

“Certainly Sarawak should not be treated as Malaya’s colony. Instead it should be treated as Malaya’s partner in Malaysia,” he stressed.

Source : The Borneo Post Online


1 Comment »

  1. What is the use when the state cabinet and BN MPs from Sarawak did not object in the first place. This act of angkat pelir to show disapproval outside the DUN and Parliament are foolish and useless.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — June 16, 2017 @ 6:44 PM | Reply

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