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Published on : Wednesday, June 14, 2017
The ministers of Barisan Nasional from Sarawak are compelled to assist the ruling administration’s proposed laws, as confirmed by a minister from the state after a Cabinet colleague enquired their quietness on the Tourism Tax Act.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said that this was constant with the principle of collective responsibility practised among Commonwealth states.
To quote him while explaining to the Borneo Post news portal, ‘we Sarawakian MPs (who) are ministers cannot speak against the government’s Bill (Tourism Tax Bill). If you want to know why Sarawakian MPs did not voice out against the Bill, you will have to ask MPs who do not have any ministerial post.’
Previously, Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz had questioned the ministers and lawmakers from Sarawak that why they did not compete the tourism tax when it was raised in both the Cabinet and tabled in Parliament respectively. Sarawak Tourism Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah also explained that the Bill that had been tabled in a Parliament sitting had extended into predawn hours.
Formerly, Abdul Karim advised the federal government to postpone the execution of the tourism tax for Sabah and Sarawak, pointing out that Putrajaya must show reverence to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 respectively.