Liquor, cigarettes may be excluded from duty-free items list in Pangkor

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IPOH (April 22): Liquor and cigarettes may be excluded from the list of goods or items that would benefit from the duty-free status of the island, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.

Concurring with the previous Government's proposal that the two items should be exempted, Ahmad Faizal said the matter was still being detailed before the proclamation of Pangkor as the Duty-Free Island (PBC) on Jan 1, 2020.

“I have the same belief that the development of the Pangkor tourism industry needs to be taken care of accordingly for tourism and families.

“The list of items to be exempted are now being reviewed by the State Government. We will determine that the (exclusion of liquor and cigarettes) matter to be given priority in the details... We have the same opinion,” he said during the oral question session of the 14th State Legislative Assembly at the Perak Darul Ridzuan Building here today.

Ahmad Faizal was responding to the additional question from Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir (BN-Pangkor) who wanted to know whether the original proposal to exclude cigarettes and liquor on the resort island would be retained.

In addition, Ahmad Faizal (Bersatu-Chenderiang) advised Pangkor residents not to sell their land but to collaborate with the Government or the private sector to develop the island as our main tourism hub.

“Pangkor as a PBC working committee needs to give specific focus on the issue of project structure and to educate the people to never sell their land,” he said when replying to additional questions from Teoh Yee Chern (DAP-Astaka).

Ahmad Faizal explained that the Finance Ministry through a letter dated Jan 22 has agreed to turn the Pangkor town jetty as a public tourist jetty, while the jetty in Sungai Pinang Besar will be made as a cargo jetty.

He said the Ministry was also in the process of amending several subsidiary acts and legislations including the Customs Act 1967, the Excise Act 1976, Sales Tax Act 2018, Service Tax Act 2018 and Free Zone Act 1990.

“The state government is coordinating the relevant aspects of implementation including the requirements of an Immigration, Customs and Quarantine Complex (CIQ) and other priority projects.

 “This is to enable Pangkor as a PBC to be strategically developed and integrated for the benefits of the people of Perak,” he added.