Scrapped or maintained? Discussions to be held on the fate of tourism tax, says minister

Nor Ain Mohamed Radhi

KUALA LUMPUR: The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry will not scrap the tourism tax if the move brings negative impact for the country, said its minister Mohamaddin Ketapi. He said the ministry however will have more discussions on the matter before making any decision. “I cannot reveal it now. But, when the time comes, of course we (the ministry) will tell you all.” Mohamaddin said the discussion will involve the ministry, Finance Ministry and industry players. Asked where there will be a time frame set for the discussion, Mohamaddin replied; “No, not really." “We will review it first to see what will be the good outcome to the nation (should the tax be scrapped or maintained). “If we (were to) scrap and it would give some kind of benefit to the country, then we might. “But, if it is causing losses to the country, what (do) you think?” he said after the ministry’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri event, here, today. Also present at the event was Mohamaddin’s deputy, Bakhtiar Wan Chik. The tourism tax, which came into effect on Sept 1, 2017, charges a flat rate of RM10 per room per night on foreigners staying at hotels or registered private accommodations. Meanwhile, Mohamaddin, who is also Silam MP, said the ministry will organise a logo designing competition for the Visit Malaysia Year 2020 campaign which will be open to the public. “The existing logo is beautiful but we may be able to get more improvements,” he said, adding that details on how the public can participate will be revealed soon. The Visit Malaysia Year 2020 logo before this had come under much criticism for lacking attractiveness.

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