STUDIES are underway to look into how Pangkor Island’s duty-free status can be implemented seamlessly.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir (BN-Pangkor) said they were studying the implementation models used in other duty-free areas in the country such as Tasik Kenyir, Langkawi Island, Tioman Island and Labuan.
“We will see how these models can be applied well in Pangkor’s context, so that once the duty-free status is fully implemented, we can minimise the number of problems anticipated.
“Some of the issues we hope to address in the studies include the movement of fishermen around Pangkor, and the location of a CIQ (Customs, Immigration, Quarantine) Complex,” he said when answering a supplementary question to an oral question by Datuk Dr Zabri Abd Wahid (BN-Trong) at the state assembly sitting on Wednesday.
The supplementary question was raised by Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham (DAP-Sitiawan), who asked if it was feasible for Pangkor to be declared as a Goods and Services Tax (GST)-free island instead.
He said this after taking into consideration the number of problems that could arise from its impending duty-free status beginning next year, such as trafficking and smuggling.
Dr Zambry reminded Ngeh that duty-free status would already mean it was already GST-free.
“For the other technical and implementation issues, we already have state officers going down to the ground to study the entire island.
“Their findings will be used in our studies conducted to address all these potential problems for Pangkor to be duty-free,” he said.