Zero Percent GST if Pakatan in Putrajaya

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Kosongsifar, zero, naught, ling susulliyam – Guan Eng goes multilingual to emphasise no GST will be collected.

  • Consumers will not have to pay tax on goods and services under Pakatan government
  • Zero-rated GST = zero tax
  • No GST collected similar outcome to doing away with the tax

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng reiterates that consumers will not have to pay tax on goods and services under a Pakatan government.

Guan Eng was responding to reports quoting PKR MP Nurul Izzah Anwar as saying that the GST would remain if Pakatan Harapan takes over Putrajaya. Her comments had prompted Barisan Nasional Director of Strategic Communications and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan to hit back at Pakatan.

According to a Malay Mail report, Rahman had derided the Opposition for being purportedly “confused” in wanting to abolish the GST only to later say the tax will be zero-rated instead.

“There are so many signs from the opposition until Malaysians are confused with what they say.

“For a while, they want to abolish it, and later they want to zero-rate it. Clearly, the Opposition does not have a concrete economic policy,” Rahman was quoted as saying in a Bernama report recently.

Lim clarified that when Nurul was reported saying over the weekend that the GST would be maintained at zero rate, it meant there would be zero tax.

He said in a press conference: “I have repeated this so many times. I don’t understand why Barisan Nasional don’t understand ilmu hisab. They don’t know how to count? They don’t understand what is kosong, sifar, zero, naught, ling su and in Tamil, sulliyam.”

Guan Eng said that much had been spent to implement the GST, especially by businesses, so it would be best to retain the tax but at a zero rate instead of the current 6%.

Lim added that as long as no GST is collected, it would be the same as doing away with the tax.