Wednesday, 9 August 2017

(The Star) Tourism tax to be implemented from Sept 1, says Nazri

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has decided that the tourism tax will be enforced from Sept 1, said Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz (pic).

The Tourism and Culture Minister said local tourists and permanent residents would be exempted from paying the tax.

“Foreign tourists boarding at hotels, inns, rest houses and motels would be charged RM10 flat rate per room per night,” he said.

Nazri said the tax will not apply to homestays and kampung stays registered with the ministry, premises maintained by religious institutions for non-commercial purposes, premises operated by federal and state governments for non-commercial purposes, and premises with four or fewer than four rooms.

Also exempted are Federal and state governments or statutory bodies for education, training or welfare purposes.

“The exemption also covers premises which have been registered to provide special accommodation that are not used for commercial purposes, as well as small premi­ses,” Nazri said at a news conference in Malaysian Tourism Centre here yesterday.

Nazri added that the tax was expected to generate RM210mil in revenue every year.

For the purpose of implementing the tax, operators of accommodation premises should register online at

Those with queries on the tax system can contact the Customs Department at 1-300-888-500.

Earlier, Nazri flagged off Shadowfax Malaysia Motorcycle Club expedition participants who would cover a 13,000km distance across six countries – Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal and India.

The event is held in conjunction with Malaysia's 60th anniversary celebration. Present was Health Minister and MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

The expedition, also known as Merdeka Ride, is jointly organised by MIC Youth and the club. It will go on until Sept 16.

In Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said no foreign tourists had cancelled their trips to Sabah due to the tax.

Some did cancel, he said, due to no availability of rooms.

“We admit that there are not enough hotel rooms or lodgings in Sabah to accommodate many tou­rists,” he replied Datuk Lajim Ukin (Harapan Rakyat-Klias) at the State Legislative Assembly sitting here yesterday. — Bernama