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KUALA LUMPUR - Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said it is compulsory for every hotel in Malaysia to register with his ministry.

He said the rule will facilitate collection of the Tourism Tax, which comes into effect on Aug 1.

“The Tourism Tax is (applicable to) foreign tourists staying at hotels with more than five rooms,” Nazri told reporters after witnessing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Adelaide Festival Centre's OzAsia Festival and the Cultural Economy Development Unit (CEDU) Malaysia.

He said the Royal Customs Department has been tasked with collecting the tax; and that hotel operators must deal directly with the Department on the matter.

A flat rate of RM10 will be charged on foreign tourists per night, per room.

Malaysians are exempt from the tax.

-NST

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia is positive of attaining the Tier One by complying fully with the minimum standards to curb human trafficking crimes, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

According to the United States annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report released by the United States State Department on June 27, Malaysia has upgraded to Tier Two as a country that did not fully meet the minimum standards of the United States Human Trafficking Victims Protection Act 2000

SERDANG - The Government will study in depth the request from the Indian Muslim community to be recognised as Bumiputra, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) said.

He said, however, the matter of how it would be implemented required further research in terms of administration or gazettement.

"I heard the demand made by the Federation of Malaysian Indian Muslim Associations (Permim) president Dhajudeen Shahul Hameed, and I accept that Indian Muslims are like Bumiputras," he said at

PETALING JAYA - Pakatan Harapan has committed to the process of freeing Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from jail within one week of forming the next government.

Its newly announced chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic), the former premier of 22 years, said that this would follow the legal process with the application of a royal pardon for Anwar who has been jailed for sodomy.

"We will wait for the law to take its course, not immediately because the prime minister who takes over will have a lot to

PUTRAJAYA - Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) settlers have expressed their gratitude to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for granting special incentives to ensure the welfare and prosperity of the community.

Felda settlers' head Samsudin Othman said the short, medium and long-term incentives were welcome news for all 112,635 settlers in the 317 Felda settlements across the country, to help ease their burden and the debt relief incentive would provide relief to settlers.

"We

PUTRAJAYA - A university college is to be established in Malaysia with courses dedicated to design-thinking focused on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister said the setting up of the so-called Genovasi University College (GUC), with 'genovasi' formed from 'generasi and inovasi' (generation and innovation), had the approval of the Higher Education Ministry.

The college would reach out to a wider audience and position Malaysia as a hub to promote

KUALA LUMPUR - Former Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir today admitted that his father and former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had plans to topple Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"I agree that my father tried to topple Najib and this plan started not in 2015 but much earlier, in 2014, " he said in his testimony in the High Court here.

Mukhriz, 52, who is deputy president of the opposition Parti

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