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Easy licensing for KL budget hotels

The licence-first-regulate-later approach is intended to get rid of runners and middlemen.

Nikita Nawawi
Written by Nikita Nawawi

KUALA LUMPUR – February 17, 2015: The Federal Territories Ministry has introduced an easy licensing system for budget hotels in Kuala Lumpur which it hopes will also rid the sector of middlemen.

Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the system was introduced following reports of cheating and profiteering by runners and middlemen promising licences to innkeepers.

“We will go on a road show next month to tell them how they can be licensed.

“This pilot project only involves budget hotels but we intend to extend this to include restaurants and other businesse.”

Thus far, 270 full licences for budget hotels have been issued. If there is full compliance, an operator needs to renew it only every three years possibly at a discount.

The cost that starts from RM900 will depend on the number of rooms.

Tengku Adnan today presented 78 budget hotel owners with a conditional licence which will be reviewed after six months.

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Nikita Nawawi

Nikita Nawawi

Nikita Nawawi is an up-and-coming writer who started his involvement in the media industry serving established local English daily, before joining The Mole in October 2014 as journalist.