Chambers of commerce against the new rules of customs in Labuan

PHOTO: YUSSOF (sixth right) are seen with the representatives from Chinese and Indian Chamber of Commerce after the meeting.

November 5, 2016

LABUAN – All the chambers of commerce here comprising Malay, Chinese, Indian and Kadazandusun had reached their agreement to protest against the new rules being implemented by the Customs Department here in this duty-free island.

They reached their agreement on yesterday during the meeting among the chambers of commerce here.

The president of Malay Chamber of Commerce, Datuk Yussof Mohamad spoke that the new rules by the customs department was unfair to the people and they planned to get more than 20,000 signatures from the people here in island to mark the people’s disagreement over the newly implemented rules starting on November 1 this year.

“Earlier, the customs department’s top officials had agreed to meet us over the matter for negotiation, but in the end, they failed to do so, which made us felt disappointed.

“Labuan economy is now very bad due to the slowdown in oil and gas industry here where over 10,000 people had left this island. Many business premises here are currently experiecing difficulty in their businesses.

“We target to raise the signatures within a month before we meet the prime minister where the meeting will be led by Labuan Member of Parliament,” he said, adding that they had to meet the prime minister before the new rules were going to be implemented completely starting on early next year.

The signatures would be gathered among those 21-year-old individuals here.

Meanwhile, another two leaders from the Chinese, Kadazandusun and India shared their dissatisfaction over the new rules.

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