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Tourism Ministry to apply for share of tourist tax

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The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry plans to apply for a certain amount of allocation from the revenue collected from tourism tax to be used as additional funding for national tourism, arts and heritage efforts.

Minister Mohamaddin Ketapi said that it was fair if a little of the revenue which was managed by the Finance Ministry be given to his ministry.

"We are the collectors. It is the Customs Department and the Finance Ministry who keep the money.

"Indeed, we have the intention (to request) ... Give us a small amount of the money that we have collected," he told reporters after the 2018 National Heritage Declaration ceremony here today.

Mohamaddin stressed that the tourism tax would not be abolished as it was a source of revenue.

He said the tax charged at RM10 per room for one night was reasonable and not burdensome, and only applied to foreign tourists.

Malaysia started implementing the tourism tax, a flat rate of RM10 per night on foreign travellers staying in hotels or registered properties, on Sept 1, 2017.

Earlier, Mohamaddin declared 255 heritage details covering 24 heritage sites, 225 heritage objects including the late P Ramlee's songs and six living people as 2018 National Heritage.

- Bernama

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