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No plans for heritage tax in Sarawak yet

Sarawak will not implement the heritage tax just yet, despite four other states, namely Langkawi, Sabah, Melaka and Penang already implementing it. This was reported by The Borneo Post.

The tax which is named differently in the four states provides the state local authorities local revenue from tourism, specifically hotel stays.

According to MalaysiaKini, a heritage charge of RM2 per room per night is charged in Melaka, while Penang has a local government fee that hotel guests pay which ranges from RM2 – RM3 per night.

Langkawi on the other hand charges a tourism promotion fee ranging from RM1 – RM9 per night depending on the rating of the hotel, while there’s no mention of how much Sabah is charging.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, in the article also confirmed that the Sarawak government does not intent to implement such tax as it will dampen the tourism industry of Sarawak.

Currently, non-Malaysians however are charged RM10 per room per night when they stay in any hotel room in Malaysia. –

Cyril Dason

Cyril Dason was born and currently lives in Kuching. He loves jungle trekking, clean rivers and chilling out with friends.

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