Thursday, December 8

Entertainment tax in Kedah now payable on biannual or annual basis

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ALOR SETAR: The Kedah government has decided that the entertainment tax in the state must be paid just once in every six months or year instead of on a month-to-month basis.

Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak said the decision was made at the state executive council meeting which he chaired yesterday at Wisma Darul Aman here.

“The decision was made to enable the local authorities to monitor the activities held at various entertainment centres in the state,” he told reporters.

He was commenting on the dissatisfaction expressed by several entertainment centre operators after certain local authorities refused to allow them to pay the tax on a monthly basis.

Azizan said at present, only Kulim local authority had implemented the entertainment tax collection on an annual basis, while other authorities still allowed the tax to be paid month-to-month.

In another development, Azizan said the RM100 schooling aid would be given to a maximum of two students in a family registered with the e-Sinar (Kedah government’s hardcore poor list).

“The payment, which will be made at the end of this month or by next month, will involve approximately 10,000 families,” he said.

The menteri besar also announced that the state government had also decided to increase the allowance for 54 assistants of 12 child nurseries registered with the Kedah Islamic Religious Department by 100 per cent.

He said those child nursery assistants would receive the new allowance of RM820 starting this month. — Bernama