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Government mulls hospitality levy

IPOH: The Government is mulling a proposal to impose a hotel fee to raise revenue and further promote the country as a tourism destination.


Sabah seeing red over minister’s call to cut tourism funds

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is seeing red over the Tourism Ministry’s threat to squeeze funding to the state if it decides to ignore a pro­posal to impose tourism service fee or surcharge on rented hotel rooms.


Safe berth for the ‘kings’ of Westports

PETALING JAYA: The conventional wisdom in the world of marketing is that the customer is the “king”.


Will Malaysia’s rating change?

It’s Budget season and nerves are stretched thin over possible changes to Malaysia’s ratings by international agencies.


Johari: No plans to legalise football gambling

KUALA LUMPUR: There are no plans to legalise online football betting in Malaysia, said Second Finance Minister Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani.


Punters may lose special lottery draws

KUALA LUMPUR: There may be fewer or no more special lottery draws soon.


Australia arrests man accused of trying to sell missile parts for North Korea

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian police said on Sunday they had arrested a man accused of working on the black market to sell missile components and coal on behalf of North Korea, the first charges ever brought in Australia over the sale of weapons of mass destruction.


U.S. tax bill may face lawsuits with long odds but political payoffs

(Reuters) - Democratic-leaning states may take legal action to challenge the cap on deductions of state and local taxes under the sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code, and even though such lawsuits would face long odds they could help galvanise Democrats for next year's mid-term election.


Uganda imposes tax on social media use

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's parliament has imposed a tax on the use of social media in a bid to raise revenue but opponents of the law say it aims to stifle criticism of President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power since 1986.


Ugandan groups file court challenge against social media tax

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's new tax on social media access limits basic rights and harms business, according to a petition filed by activists to the constitutional court against a levy that civic groups and opposition parties say is onerous.