PHOTO: Labuan MCA chief, Datuk Chin Hong Vui (right) is discussing something with Rozman about this island’s duty free status in the latter’s office today.
October 11, 2016
LABUAN – Labuan Member of Parliament, Datuk Rozman Isli told that he was consistent in his struggle to defend this island’s duty-free status for the interest of its inhabitants.
Speaking to the media today in his office, he spoke that almost every day he was communicating with the second finance minister, Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani to negotiate about the issue of new customs rules to be implemented in this island on this November 1.
“Some people here might perceive us not doing enough to protect their interests regarding the bank guarantee system to be imposed on the duty-free vehicles those with engine capacity of 2,500cc and above, and also regarding the duty-free shops.
“Basically, we still have another three weeks before the customs department announced their decision on the new customs rules and we are working hard to deal with this matter. We hope we will reach an agreement with the department.
“Actually, the customs department already have their decision before this, but we are against it before it was finalized by them,” he said, adding that nothing was confirmed yet from the customs department, as they were still negotiating on the new customs rule.
When asked on PAS Labuan, which claimed that there was possibility of systematic smuggling activities occurred here in this island to smuggle the unpaid duty-free vehicles and liquors to outside Labuan, Rozman replied that the relevant authority might look into what the opposition claimed.
Regarding the sale of the liquors, Rozman told that the traders must understand that they could not sell them at the shops located nearby the Muslim-majority villages, while he did not oppose the liquors to be sold nearby the main road and Non-Muslim-majority areas here in this island.
It is learned that Rozman will hand over their proposal to the relevant parties this week regarding the people’s demand for the government to consider the people’s interests before implementing the new customs rule here in this duty-free island.