MIRI: The Sarawak chapter of the Malaya Association of Hotels (MAH) wants the federal government to conduct a study on the proposed dismissal tax for exit travelers before deciding to implement it, because the move could adversely affect Malaysians who are facing abroad for non-tourist reasons.
His honorary secretary general, John Teo Peng Yew, said that although the main objective of the tax was to boost domestic tourism, the federal government should consider or review certain criteria so that it did not financially load those who travel abroad, especially those who they have low incomes.
"The federal government should consider the poorest citizens traveling outside the country for studies and other purposes that are not related to tourism," Bernama said yesterday.
Teo said the starting tax was not something new in the aviation industry, since most countries imposed a similar tax that ranged between $ 20 and $ 60, but the implementation of the tax could have a minimal impact on domestic tourism .
He hoped that the collection of the starting tax would be used to improve the facilities related to tourism, such as expanding WiFi coverage to meet the need for tourists with Internet experience. He said the government should also use the income tax revenue to update the facilities at the entry points to the country to ensure rapid immigration and customs clearance.
"We hope that more tourist police can be provided in places of interest so that tourists feel safe and also for the repair of decayed tourism infrastructure," he added.
As for the improvement of the tourist industry in Sarawak, he said that the state government should not focus exclusively on the city of Kuching as the only destination to promote the state.
He said the state government should also develop Miri as a tourist destination to attract more tourists to Sarawak. – Bernama