Tourism tax on foreigners to continue
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.
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.