KUALA LUMPUR - The Dewan Rakyat which was in a marathon session for almost 20 hours, ended at 5.05am this morning, setting a new record as the longest Parliament session, surpassing the old time of 4.25am.
Parliament was adjourned after the Tourism Tax Bill 2017 that was tabled by Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz was passed with a rousing majority.
In 2015, the Dewan Rakyat set a record for the longest session when it was adjourned at 4.25am, surpassing the previous longest session that ended at 3.21am.
When winding up debate for the Bill, Mohamed Nazri said revenue from Tourism Tax would be in the region of RM654.62 million if the overall occupancy rate for the 11 million 'room night' in the country can achieve 60 percent.
The Tourism Tax Bill will allow the government to impose tourism tax and levied on a tourist staying at any accommodation premises made available by an operator at the rate fixed by the minister in accordance with Section 8.
It shall be the duty of a tourist to pay the tourism tax to the operator of the accommodation premises.
"With proper promotion and 80 percent occupancy rate, RM872.82 million can be collected," said