- Posted 06 Apr 2017 07:16
- Updated 06 Apr 2017 08:49
File photo of Malaysian members of parliament meeting in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo: AFP/Tengku Bahar)
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian parliament passed a Tourism Tax Bill in a record session that lasted for almost 20 hours, ending Thursday (Apr 6) morning.
Parliament was adjourned after the Tourism Tax Bill 2017 that was tabled by Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz was passed with a big majority.
When winding up the 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 per cent.
The bill will allow the government to impose tourism tax levied on a tourist staying at any accommodation premise made available by an operator at the rate fixed by the minister in accordance with the law.
With the passing of the bill, 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 per cent occupancy rate, RM872.82 million can be collected,” said Mohamed Nazri, adding that tax collected can provide a sustainable fund every year to develop the tourism industry and ensure tourism becomes even more competitive.
He said the Tourism Tax would be collected from all types of premises used as accommodation for tourists, except homestay and Kampung Stay registered under the ministry, premises managed by institutions (education), premises used for training purposes and religious institutions where such facilities are not used for commercial purposes.
The parliament session on the bill surpassed the old record time of 4.25am when it ended at at 5.05am on Thursday. It is set to resume at 10am on Thursday.
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I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn.
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Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam.
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Dùng Tourism tax để hỗ trơ tourism development là rất có lý.
Tuy nhiên nếu dùng tên tourism tax có thể làm một số tourists bực mình và không muốn trở lại. Nếu trong nước có sales tax, thì dùng tên sales tax, chỉ là thuế suất cao hơn ở các khách sạn và tourist facilities. (sales tax có thể có nhiều thuế suất khác nhau cho những loại hàng khác nhau). Dùng tên như vậy thì thiên hạ sẽ không bực mình (kể cả khi họ thấy thuế trong khách sạn cao hơn bên ngoài). Tâm lý con người vậy đó.
Nếu quốc gia không có sales tax, mà dùng VTA (vaue added tax), thì cũng nên làm như là sales tax.
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