Consumers can heave a sigh of relief as groceries are among the items exempted from the Sales and Services Tax (SST), which comes into force this September.
Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) director- general Datuk Sri T Subromaniam issued a list of exempted items at the SST implementation briefing session at the Kuala Lumpur JKDM Auditorium in Kelana Jaya, yesterday.
Among the items are daily or regular consumables such as rice, fish, chicken, vegetables, fruits, coffee, tea, dairy products, margarine, cereals, chilli sauce, tomato sauce and sardines.
Also exempted from SST are boats for fishermen, and tractors and fertilisers for farmers.
“The SST has been fixed at zero, five and 10 percent for goods, and six percent for services,” Subromaniam said.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng told a press conference in Parliament yesterday that the SST comprised 38 percent of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) basket of goods, while the GST covered more than 60 percent. – NST