PETALING JAYA - The DAP-led Penang state government should abolish the fees imposed on tourist accommodations in Penang before asking for the Tourism Tax Act 2017 to be repealed, says Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang.
"If the Opposition is sincere about abolishing such taxes against hotels in Malaysia, it would be best if they start by abolishing the local government fee on hotels in Penang.
"That is clearly within their power and jurisdiction," he said in a press statement Monday.
Tan was responding to Opposition leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who had said that Pakatan Harapan might seek a repeal of the Tourism Tax Act 2017 if it were to form the Federal Government after the 14th general election.
Tan said Penang introduced the fee in 2014, and he argued that it is very similar to the Federal Government's tourism tax.
A RM3 levy is charged per room per night for four- and five-star hotels in Penang. While RM2 per room per night is charged for hotels rated three stars and below.
"What difference is there between the hotel tax by the Tourism Tax Act and the local government fee introduced by the Penang DAP state government?" he said.
"Wan Azizah should table a