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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should abolish the fees imposed on tourist accommodations in Penang before asking for the Tourism Tax Act 2017 to be repealed, says Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang.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

PUTRAJAYA - Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali expressed his disappointment that only 25 per cent of the targeted 600,000 illegal immigrants registered for the Enforcement Card or E-Card.

He said that as of 7.50pm last night, 154,328 illegals involving 26,738 employers had applied and 138,970 E-cards were issued.

“Tomorrow (Friday) is the last day for the E-Card application and so far, the number is way below the original target of 600,000 illegals.

“I am disappointed that

PUTRAJAYA - The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) is in need of two vessels to function as motherships to beef up security control and surveillance in the country's waters, especially to curb intrusion by foreign fishing boats and smugglers, it was stated here.

MMEA director-general Maritime Admiral Datuk Zulkifli Abu Bakar said these vessels, which would be able to carry more food and fuel supplies for operations, would most probably be stationed in the waters of Beting Patinggi

PUTRAJAYA - The spat over the tourism tax between Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz and the Sarawak and Sabah governments is now resolved, says Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic).

The Deputy Prime Minister said the issue was brought up during the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, and it was agreed that no more should be said of the matter.

"The Prime Minister chaired the Cabinet meeting and we decided that the issue is resolved, and that no more statements should be made by federal

SETIU - The Terengganu state government will not build a new runway on Pulau Redang, but will instead maintain the existing one, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman.

He said the decision was made after taking into account the risk factors and views from relevant quarters, especially in relation to cost and tourism impact.

However, he said, the state government would build several outlets at the Pulau Redang Airport for local entrepreneurs to sell souvenirs and other essential

PUTRAJAYA - Former Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) chairman Tan Sri Isa Samad and his wife Bibi Sharliza Mohd Khalid are at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office here to have their statements recorded.

The couple, who arrived in a black car at 9.40am on Wednesday, swiftly made their way into the office without addressing the media stationed here.

They were summoned by the MACC to have their statements recorded over issues involving FGV.

On Monday, Prime Minister

PUTRAJAYA - The 2018 Budget will be tabled at the Dewan Rakyat on Oct 27.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Government would be holding sessions with stakeholders to hear their views and suggestions in formulating the budget.

"We want to hear everyone out because we are a Government that is open and puts the people first.

"We want to ensure we present a Budget that meets the need of each segment of the population," he said at the 2018 Budget Consultation session.


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