Malaysia's tourism tax will benefit industry

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YONG PENG - The implementation of the Tourism Tax should be viewed objectively as it can benefit the industry in terms of infrastructure development in the long run, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic).

The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said the tax should not be seen as a burden, especially since the charges are insignificant compared to hotel room rates.

"The tax is collected as a consolidated fund, which will be eventually used for the industry.

"The tourism sector is expected to expand and we need more comprehensive and sophisticated infrastructure to accommodate the growing number of tourists," he said after presenting Hari Raya contributions to 150 staff members of SWM Environment waste collection management service here on Friday.

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz had said the tax, which is set to see rates of between RM2.50 (S$0.85) and RM20 charged for a night's stay, will be enforced as scheduled on July 1.

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