Hornbill Unleashed

July 5, 2017

Sabah, Sarawak say Tourism Tax Act should not impede competitiveness in industry

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

File picture of Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun — Bernama pic The Sabah and Sarawak governments want the Tourism Tax Act 2017 to serve as a catalyst for the industry’s growth and contribute to national economic resilience should the act be enforced.

In a statement issued here today, Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the act should not be an impediment to the country’s competitiveness in the global tourism industry.

Masidi said he had earlier attended a meeting here today between officials from his ministry led by him and a Sarawak delegation led by Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

He said the meeting was held to discuss the implications of the Tourism Tax Act 2017 on Sabah and Sarawak and to find common grounds of agreement for both states to take a joint stand on certain provisions of the act.

“The meeting came up with suggestions and proposals to fine-tune certain provisions of the act to ensure growth and sustainability of the tourism industry, especially in Sabah and Sarawak.

“The interest of the Sabah and Sarawak tourism industry is the overriding consideration in the preparation of the memorandum on the Tourism Tax Act 2017.

“The industry’s growth and sustainability is crucial to the future economic wellbeing of the two Borneo states,” he said.

Masidi also said that the meeting agreed on the contents of a draft memorandum on the Tourism Tax Act 2017 to the federal government, which would be handed to the respective chief minister of Sabah and Sarawak for their endorsement.

“Both leaders (chief ministers) would then hand over the memorandum to Prime Minister-cum-Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for his consideration and further action,” he said.

The Tourism Tax bill, aimed at providing the imposition and collection of tourism tax on visitors staying in tourist accommodation, was tabled by Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz and was passed in Parliament on April 6.

Source : The Malay Mail Online by Bernama


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