PUTRAJAYA – The tiff between Minister of Tourism and Culture, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz and the Sarawak and Sabah state governments in regards to the implementation of tourism tax has settled, said the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
According to him, the matter has been discussed and agreed during the Cabinet meeting yesterday.
He added, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak decided that the matter is to be put to rest and all the parties involved should not issue anymore statement on the matter.
“The issue is solved, everyone involved, the federal government and state government will not issue any more statement on this issue,” he said in a media conference after launching a workshop on renewing Islamic education organised by the lslamic Education Coordination Advisory Board (Lepai).
Ahmad Zahid said, he had personally met Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Abang Johari Abang Openg and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman over the issue.
The Deputy Prime Minister said, they agreed that tourism promotion required a lot of funds and some states will collect or taxes and some less.
He added, the income from tax will be used for the promotion of tourism, not just based on states but also on the sectors or the importance of a tourism product.
“We have also decided to close this book and open a new chapter,” he said.
Prior to this, the government has decided to implement the tourism tax between RM2.50 to RM20 per room night starting 1 July. – MalaysiaGazette