Anyone Who Travels Out Of Malaysia Will Soon Have To Pay A Departure Fee

Transport Minister Anthony Loke had previously said the fee would start at RM20.

Cover image via Ahmad Irham Mohd Noor/New Straits Times (Edited by SAYS)

Anyone who leaves Malaysia will soon have to pay a departure fee once the Departure Levy Bill 2019 is passed in Parliament

Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah.

Image via Hafiz Sohaimi/New Straits Times

The Star reported that the Bill was tabled for its first reading by Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah in Parliament yesterday, 8 April.

The implementation of the Bill will impose a new levy on any person who leaves the country. 

Although no amount was proposed in the tabled Bill, Transport Minister Anthony Loke had previously said it would start from RM20 per person

Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

Image via Azhar Ramli/New Straits Times

Loke, according to Malay Mail, had previously announced that the levy will be RM20 for travellers heading to other Asean member states and RM40 to other countries.

The proposed law will also see fines of up to RM1 million, a five-year jail sentence, or both imposed on a person convicted of evading payment of the levy

Image for illustration purposes only.

Image via New Straits Times

The hefty fine also applies to anyone convicted of assisting another person in avoiding payment of the levy, reported The Star.

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