Around 50 Guest house operators staged a protest today against the Penang Island City Council for unable to get a permanent hotel license.
” We want to earn a decent living, but the state do not understand our situation and help us.
“If all of us collectively close our business, guess George Town will turn as a ghost town,” said Jack Ong one of the protestors.
With this arising situation, the guest house owners are facing difficulties in operating their business.
The group protested in front of the Eastern and Oriental Hotel (E&O) where Tourism minister Nazri Aziz officiate a tourism conference today morning.
“We have used all our savings to operate a guest house, now we are told to leave as we cannot get a permanent license for our premise.
“Additional requirements such as parking fees for vehicles are imposed as it’s not relevant.
“We only operate in a minimal scale as backpackers,” said Jason in a press conference.
A memorandum collectively signed by 210 guest house operators have been submitted to Nazri Aziz in highlighting their pressing situation.
The group hoped that the Tourism ministry will look into the matter and bring about a win-win situation.