Tuesday, September 24

10 pct revenue from Tourism Tax for Sarawak ‘unacceptable’ – Abang Johari


Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg finds the 10 per cent revenue collected from Tourism Tax that was recently announced for Sarawak unacceptable.

He said this was not what had been agreed upon prior to the announcement by Putrajaya.

“We will negotiate with KL (Putrajaya). Initially it was not supposed to be one ringgit (for every RM10 collected),” he said when met by reporters at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching here today.

Abang Johari said he could not bring himself to agree with the 10 per cent because “the initial arrangement is different”.

According to him, Sarawak and Sabah earlier submitted a memorandum to Putrajaya with regards to how revenue collected from the Tourism Tax should be distributed.

He added that the memorandum indicated that the revenue ought to be distributed equally among three regions which are Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and Sabah.