The Sabah Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Environment hoped that the federal government's request for the devolution of power will bear fruit in approving and issuing five types of tourism licenses that were put on hold.
Deputy Minister for Tourism, the Department of Culture and Environment, Datuk Christina Liew said that Sabah could approve tourism license applications and issue licenses through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC).
However, MOTAC said the power transfer to the state still has to be enforced, because issues related to the Malaysia Convention of 1963 (MA63) are still being discussed.
"I urged the federal federal government to empower Sabah to accept and issue five types of tourism licenses".
She said in her speech in the 12th Sabah Tourism Awards in 2019, "these are an entry and exit license for tourist agents, a license for tourist guides, license for tourist travel vehicles and the license to manage tourism training schools or institutions."
Liew added that the move would boost tourism and increase the efficiency of the service process in the industry if MOTAC granted the Sabah licensing authority.
"In short, in this regard, my request for the transfer of power was put on the verge of finalizing the transfer of power based on an MA63 that is under discussion. I keep my fingers crossed and hope that it bears fruit," she said.
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