Good News: Raya Payment, Tax Honeymoon, World Cup Live for Free

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Three reasons to cheer.

Special Raya payment

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today announced a special payment of RM400 for civil servants in Grade 41 and below and an RM200 special payment for government pensioners.

“These payments will be made on June 6,” he said when making the announcement at a press conference after chairing his second Cabinet meeting at Perdana Putra.

Tax honeymoon from June-August

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be zero-rated from June 1, and the Sales and Services Tax (SST) – which requires legislation to be enacted in Parliament – will be reintroduced on September 1 to make up for the shortfall in government revenue.

World Cup 2018 matches aired live for free on RTM1

Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo announced today that the FIFA World Cup 2018 will be aired live for free on RTM1.

He said that the government will try to find ways to absorb the costs of airing the international football competition.

The costs will be explained in more detail by the Finance Ministry in their press conference briefing tomorrow.