MCO: Melaka collecting data on affected hotels

MELAKA — The Melaka government is in the midst of gathering data on the state’s tourism sector, particularly the hotel industry that has been adversely affected by the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

State Tourism, Heritage and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Muhamad Jailani Khamis said the collected data would then be used to identify the form of assistance that could be channeled to the industry.

“The data, especially on workers who have lost their jobs will be kept and priority will be given to them should there be any employment opportunity in the future,” he told reporters after presenting contributions in the form of basic necessities to residents in Japerun Rembia here today.

He was commenting on the shutdown of operations of several hotels in Melaka including a five-star hotel, the Ramada Plaza Melaka Hotel which has been operating for almost 40 years.

Muhamad Jailani said the state government had also drawn up several short and long-term plans to assist the affected hotel operators.

The state government would also look into suggestions from hotel operators including tax exemptions to help reduce their burden, he added.