Tourism tax on for­eign­ers to con­tinue

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PUTRAJAYA: The govern­ment does not in­tend to abol­ish the Tourism Tax im­posed on for­eign tourists vis­it­ing Malaysia, said Tourism, Arts and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Datuk Mo­hamaddin Ke­tapi.

He said the min­istry took note of tourists’ grouses against the tax, es­pe­cially among back­pack­ers, but it had to be main­tained for the ben­e­fit of the coun­try.

“But it is only a small amount to be pay when trav­el­ling in this coun­try. The RM10 tax is small com­pared with their own cur­ren­cies,” he said af­ter the min­istrylevel Na­tional Sports Day cel­e­bra­tion here yes­ter­day.

Malaysia be­gan im­ple­ment­ing the Tourism Tax af­ter Par­lia­ment ap­proved it on Sept 1 last year.

The govern­ment had no in­ten­tion of rais­ing the tax be­cause it was rea­son­able, he said.

PIC COUR­TESY OF THE TOURISM, ARTS AND CUL­TURE MIN­ISTRY

Tourism, Arts and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Datuk Mo­hamaddin Ke­tapi (front row, left) and min­istry per­son­nel par­tic­i­pat­ing in a mass ex­er­cise at the min­istry-level Na­tional Sports Day cel­e­bra­tion in Putrajaya yes­ter­day.

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