Saturday, June 09, 2007

Tourism Ministry may help councils clean up beaches

The Tourism Ministry is planning to provide funds for local councils to clean up dirty tourist destinations, such as beaches.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the issue was raised during the last Cabinet meeting and it was decided that local councils should be given more money to ensure cleanliness was maintained.

“The proposal we are working on is a system whereby portions of money from tourism revenue is given back to the Tourism Ministry which will then disburse the funds to local councils.

“The situation now is that local councils do not have enough money and there is no fixed maintenance budget for them to utilise,” he said, in response to a question about dirty beaches.

Tengku Adnan added that there were a number of ways for this system to work by utilising tourism revenue, estimated at RM45.4bil for this year.

“A portion of the service charge that is levied from tourism revenue, or 2% to 3% of the total amount of tourism revenue, could be given to us,” he said.

Tengku Adnan said all tourism sites were now being checked to ascertain how much money was needed to clean up the mess.

Source : STAR
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