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Monday, June 26, 2017

CM withholds comments on Chinese tourists cancelling trips due to tourism tax

KUCHING - Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said today that he was not informed of 3,000 tourists from China having cancelled their trips to Malaysia following the implementation of the tourism tax on July 1.

He indicated that it would be unfair for him to offer comments if he had no idea about the incident.

“I don’t know. I don’t know the details. I can’t comment if I don’t know the facts,” he said when met by reporters at his Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here.

He was prompted for comments on a news report which quoted Gracie Geikie as saying that 3,000 tourists from China had cancelled their trips to Malaysia because they would be expected to pay tourism tax estimated at about RM100,000.

Gracie, who is Malaysian Association of Convention Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers’ (MACEOS) acting vice president for conventions and PCM (professional conference management) trainer, yesterday told reporters in Miri about the cancellation.

According to her, a friend who is running a travel agency told her about the cancellation.

Related News in See Hua Daily

3000 Chinese tourists cancelled their trip due to additional burden of tourism tax levy. - Reported in See Hua Daily News today.

According to the report, quoting tour agent Gracie who is also a member of the Association of Inbound Tour Agencies, the group of 3000 tourists would have to fork out additional RM100,000 for payment of the tourism tax, had cancelled their trip. The group has now booked their trip to visit Thailand.

The late Tan Sri Adenan Satem had thought and opined that those in Federal are "not-so-wise" and he would put his feet down not to follow the "not-so-wise" decision.

For the RM100,000 tax revenue (now not a sen is coming), we have lost further millions of revenue in their accommodation, food, transportation, other services ...

We should tell Putra Jaya that Sarawak is NOT imposing the tourism tax. They can go ahead with their "not-so-wise" move if they want.

Let the tourists come to Sarawak. We have enough tourism products and attractive spots to give them a good holiday.

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