KUALA LUMPUR, 21 January 2021: The
Bumiputera Tourism Operators Association of Malaysia (Bumitra Malaysia) has
appealed to the government to assist the tourism industry, claiming businesses
have been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
On behalf of almost 600 Bumiputera tourism
companies (Malay owned), the association’s plea follows the Malaysian
Association of Tour and Travel Agents’ call to extend the government’s
financial rescue package.
According to a Bernama report, Bumiputra
Malaysia’s president, Harun Kc Ahmmu, said requests included extending the wage
subsidy programme and the loan repayment moratorium until December 2021.
He also urged the government to provide
special interest-free loans with a repayment period of five years from the time
the Covid-19 pandemic is declared ended, as well as fee exemptions for
tourism-related licences for 2021.
“We are also hoping for rental exemptions until June for premises owned by the federal government, state governments, as well as government subsidiaries such as Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) and Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara),” he said in the statement released Tuesday.
Apart from that, he said compulsory courses
for tourism agencies such as the licence renewal course should also be
cancelled for the time being, while permit renewals for tourism buses or vans
should be exempted until the sector could resume operations.
“Hopefully the government can pay
special attention to assist all tourism industry players who have been
significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.