Khairy confident BN spirit will resolve row over Tourism Tax

Khairy confident BN spirit will resolve row over Tourism Tax

Khairy (centre) with Abdul Karim on his left, at the press conference. — Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

SADONG JAYA: The row between federal Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz and state Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah over the new Tourism Tax will be resolved through the Barisan Nasional (BN) spirit.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who is also BN Youth chief, said he had discussed the issue with the state BN Youth chief Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, on how to resolve the spat.

“I have confidence that it can be solved within the BN spirit and principle.”

Khairy was confident that Nazri and Abdul Karim would sit down and deliberate the matter, putting the issue to rest through the reaching of a consensus.

“I hope this issue could be solved through the best possible means. In BN, we uphold the traditions of being united and friendly, while always going for consensus.

“Do not prolong this issue through the media because a policy like this has to be discussed among the ministers. I’m not the tourism minister but I can comment as the BN Youth chief,” he said at a news conference after witnessing the flag-off the Samarahan-Level 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games Torch Run by Abdul Karim at the Batang Sadong Bridge here yesterday.

Abdul Karim, who also spoke at the event, clarified that Sarawak’s withdrawal from the Malaysia Tourism Board (MTB) had nothing to do with Nazri’s comments on him.

He dismissed the idea of linking the two incidents, saying that there was already a plan for Sarawak to pull out of MTB earlier.

“It has nothing to do with what happened between my ministry and Nazri’s ministry. The state government actually has the plan to withdraw from Tourism Malaysia,” he said.

Abdul Karim added that it was just a coincidence that Sarawak announced the withdrawal yesterday.

“Maybe (it’s just bad timing) but it has nothing to do with Nazri,” he reiterated.

Abdul Karim said the state government decided to pull Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) out of MTB because of duplication of roles and functions.

“We pulled out our representatives from MTB because we have our own entity, which is STB that has the same roles as MTB. It’s a duplication.”

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