Tourists love homestays


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 06 Dec 2005

HOMESTAYS in Malaysia are popular with visitors – some in Pahang and Selangor are fully booked throughout the year. 

Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said homestays were very especially popular among students from China visiting the country during their long holidays. 

He said many such homestay holidays were packaged with other programmes like English language and leadership courses. 

“The cost per student is about RM4,000 and the programmes range from seven days to seven months,” he said in reply to a supplementary question by Datuk Liow Tiong Lai (BN – Bentong). 

Zahid said whether the homestay programmes were successful depended on how active the operators promoted the activities.  

He said there were 1,070 homestay operators in 78 kampungs throughout the country registered with the ministry. 

Replying to the original question by Raimi Unggi (BN – Tenom), he said there were 212 homestays in Sabah as at the end of last year.  

Meanwhile, tabled for first reading was the Arbitration Bill which allows for any disputes to be forwarded for arbitration purposes if the parties agreed to do so.  

The Bill, which was tabled for first reading in the Dewan, allows parties to determine the number of arbitrators and will sit as an arbitration tribunal. 

Matters under the jurisdiction of any court can also be referred to arbitration, it said. 

An award made through arbitration shall be final and binding on the parties. 

However, an award can be set aside by a High Court if the subject matter of the dispute could not be settled via arbitration under the Malaysian law or that the award is in conflict with public policy. 

The High Court can also set aside an award if it found that the arbitration award was induced or affected by fraud or corruption or a breach of natural justice had occurred. 

All applications to set aside an award, except when there is alleged fraud or corruption, must be done within 90 days. 

The Bill seeks to reform the law relating to domestic arbitration, provide for international arbitration, as well as the recognition and enforcement of arbitration awards. 

It will also create an arbitration regime consistent with international trends and in accordance with the model adopted by the UN Commission on International Trade Law in 1985. 

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