KUCHING: The tourism tax revenue for 2019 worth RM5 million has already been channelled to the Sarawak government.
Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the federal government had distributed the 50 percent tourism tax revenue amounting to more than RM5 million to the state.
“Sarawak received about RM5 million plus while Sabah received the highest at over RM20 million because it has many tourism products and attractions.
“Anyway, let us talk about Sarawak. Let us move forward and explore new tourism products,” she told a press conference on the proposed Batu Kitang River Tourism Corridor project at Kampung Batu Kitang Lama on Sunday (Sept 6).
Nancy, who is also Sadong Jaya MP, said so far, more than RM100 million had been allocated to develop or upgrade tourism spots in Sarawak.
“During my first official trip to Sarawak, I received an allocation of about RM70 million from the government that covered some of the state constituencies.
“By now, the allocations will be more than RM100 million already,” she said.
Nancy added she had received many fund applications for tourism projects from assemblymen in the state.
“So, there will be another meeting and the government will look at the priority projects not only Sarawak but the other states that will be implemented under the 12th Malaysia Plan,” she said.
She pointed that as the government continued to develop the state, what was important was economic and political stability in the country.