Travel Agency Will Lose Licenses If Caught Wholesaling Umrah Flight Tickets: MOTAC

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) will take strict action by revoking the license of travel agencies if they are found to be breaking the rules, according to Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing on Wednesday.

He said that his ministry has conducted an investigation into the issue that claims that there are some local travel agencies who wholesale flight tickets in bulk.

“I have asked the Deputy Minister (Khairul Firdaus Akbar Khan) to conduct an investigation into this issue by holding a meeting with the travel agents. Yesterday, he just finished conducting the investigation and I have not had the opportunity to meet him to get complete information,” he explained.

Tiong said he would make a further statement tomorrow if he had received complete information about the matter before going to Indonesia to attend the ASEAN Ministerial Forum.

“Whenever I get all (the information) I will announce it. If I don’t have time, I will announce it as soon as I return from Indonesia on the 7th of the month (February),” he added.

Local media reported that there are several local umrah companies that ‘wholesale’ flight tickets to the Holy Land and allegedly also sell them to umrah agencies in Indonesia at prices of up to RM6,000 to make a huge profit.

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