by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK/ graphic by MZUKRI
THE Malaysian Budget Hotel Association (MyBHA) has requested for further review of the economic stimulus package announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin earlier this week.
MyBHA president Emmy Suraya Hussein said the association would like the stimulus package reviewed and enhanced to consider a few more aspects such as providing discounts for the contribution to the Employees Provident Fund for employers.
“Government could also consider giving higher discounts on electricity consumption which is among the highest expenses for a hotel operation, while we would like to ask the federal government to allow an exemption for assessment tax for the second half of the year for all hotel premises,” she said in a statement yesterday.
The association that represents three-star hotel operators and below also thanked the government for the stimulus package which has been further enhanced to be more friendly to small and medium enterprises throughout the Movement Control Order.
“This move has provided budget hotel operators a breathing room, as well as the tourism industry in general to proceed with their businesses which have been affected by the Covid-19 outbreak,” she said.
In addition, some hotels rated three-star and above, counting mostly of four-star to five-star hotels have been turned into quarantine centres.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said a total of 45 hotels have been gazetted as quarantine centres.
“Government funding is for all rooms and limited to RM150 per day, including food and beverages, while other costs are covered by those who are quarantined.
“If any individual who wants to stay in a four- or five-star hotel can do so under the hotel’s terms and conditions, of which the costs are self-borne,” he said.
The choice for gazetting higher star hotels was to accommodate the foreign diplomats who are forced to undergo compulsory quarantine, and must choose a hotel in the list due to safety and in compliance with the standard of procedure.
He added that special task forces have been placed at all gazetted quarantine centres, and those who are undergoing the order are not allowed to go out of the hotel, while family and guests are not permitted to visit them.
“Thank you to the hotels listed for engaging with us because they help the government provide a place for quarantine at low prices,” he said.
At each of the quarantine centres, the Health Ministry will place a security health officer and assist in room sanitation after check-out, while they also order hotel check-in for patients under investigation, who will then be escorted by the health officers directly to their rooms.
In Kuala Lumpur (KL) and the Klang Valley, the quarantine centres include Best Western Hotel, Petaling Jaya; Dorsett Grand Subang, Subang Jaya; Hilton Petaling Jaya; Palace of Golden Horses, Seri Kembangan; and Grand Millenium, KL.