SIBU: Budget hotel operators here have been advised to ask for deposit from their guests to prevent incidence of unpaid room char- ges.
According to Sarawak Central Region Hotel Association chairman Johnny Wong, there has been few cases where guests escaped without paying for the room.
This happened when the guests checked in using the names of the former companies which they had worked in.
Citing a case which happened few weeks ago, a guest registered with a hotel at Jalan Wong Nai Siong using a company’s name which he was no longer an employee.
“The man stayed there for about two weeks with room charges amounting to more than RM1,000. Before he checked out, he asked the hotel to collect payment from the company. However, the owner was told by the said company that the man was not their employee anymore,” he added.
Wong said the hotel later tried to contact the man several times but failed. They subsequently lodged a police report to get the assistance of the police to trace the man.
He advised hotels to collect deposits either in cash or by using credit card.
This deposit can be any amount between RM300 and RM500,” he added.
Wong said he would meet district police chief ACP Mohd Kamal Kordi on the case to speed up the investigation which would lead to the arrest of the suspect who is from West Malaysia.
“We have his personal particulars including photo copy of his identity card for the police to look into the case urgently,” he added.