LANGKAWI: Langkawi will continue to be developed as a duty-free tourism island, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister said there was no attempt to abolish the duty-free status in Langkawi but the Federal Government is committed to develop to a higher level than it is today.

"I guarantee Langkawi's status as a duty-free island will continue to be maintained by the government.

"Langkawi Island will continue to move to a higher level. We do not want this island to stay on the existing notch but will double the effort to boost development and infrastructure in Langkawi, "he said.

He said during the opening ceremony of Langkawi's Go 4.0 launch in Kuah, Langkawi.

In addition, Najib said that the actions of some of its parties who tried to prosecute the government would abolish Langkawi Island duty free status is a lie.

According to him, what was done earlier was to prevent the leakage of duty-free goods and the problem was already resolved.

"So if anyone is carrying the story of his allegedly withdrawn status it is another lie that I deny very hard. What I'm sure the daylight is to avoid leakages in terms of the sale of cigarettes and duty-free goods, "he said.

Last Updated: Thursday, 8 March 2018 - 9:54am