Record breaking marathon parliament session

The Dewan Rakyat which was in a marathon session for almost 20 hours, adjourned at 5.05am this morning, setting a new record as the longest Parliament session, surpassing the old time of 4.25am.

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Parliament of Malaysia Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives).
Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives). PIX: ASHRAF MUSTAQIM BADRUL MUNIR

KUALA LUMPUR – The Dewan Rakyat which was in a marathon session for almost 20 hours, adjourned at 5.05am this morning, setting a new record as the longest Parliament session, surpassing the old time of 4.25am.

Parliament was adjourned after the Tourism Tax Bill 2017 tabled by the Minister of Tourism and Culture, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz was passed with a rousing majority.

In 2015, the Dewan Rakyat set a record for the longest session when it was adjourned at 4.25am, surpassing the previous longest session that ended at 3.21am.

During the winding up debate for the Bill, Nazri said, revenue from Tourism Tax would be in the region of RM654.62 million should the overall occupancy rate reaches 60 percent of the 11 million ‘room night’.

The Tourism Tax Bill will allow the government to impose tourism tax and levy on tourists staying at any accommodation premises made available by an operator at the rate fixed by the minister in accordance with Section 8.

It shall be the duty of tourists to pay the tourism tax to the operator of the accommodation premises.

“With proper promotion and 80 percent occupancy rate, we can collect RM872.82 million,” said Nazri, adding that tax collected can provide a sustainable fund every year to develop the tourism industry and ensure its competitiveness.

He said Tourism Tax would be collected from all types accommodations for tourists. However, this excludes homestays and Kampung Stay registered under the ministry, premises managed by institutions (education), premises used for training purposes and religious institutions where such facilities are not used for commercial purposes.

Earlier, the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2017, Penal Code (Amendment) Bill 2017, Self-Employment Social Security Bill 2017, Private Higher Educational Institutions (Amendment) Bill 2017, Labuan Business Activity Tax (Amendment) Bill 2017), were passed.

Dewan Rakyat will resume at 10am today. – Malaysia Gazette

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