Friday, 29 March 2019

Half of tourism tax revenue to be distributed to state governments by month's end

PUTRAJAYA: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng today confirmed that 50 per cent of the revenue from last year’s tourism tax would be distributed to state governments as promised.

“Fifty per cent of the tax revenue collected from each state will be distributed, which is estimated at RM67.74 million,” he said in a statement today.

He said previously Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah had asked whether the Finance Ministry would distribute the money to the state governments before the first quarter of this year.

“The Federal Government will keep to its promise and will not react like Datuk Abdul Karim who previously made false statements that the government had distributed the tax revenue to Sabah, but not Sarawak,” Lim said.

The amount to be distributed to Sabah is RM12.67 million, Penang (RM10.98 million), Selangor (RM10.3 million), Johor (RM7.99 million), Pahang (RM7.86 million), Melaka (RM5.35 million), Kedah (RM5.08 million), Sarawak (RM2.58 million) and Negri Sembilan (RM2.47 million).
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