GEORGE TOWN: Minister of Finance Lim Guan Eng yesterday arrested former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who challenged the implementation of the Sales and Services Tax (SST).
Lim wondered why when the Barisan Nasional (BN) government implemented the goods and services tax (GST), did not hear the grumbling of the people who had to pay taxes for each product, but after the implementation of the SST, the Pekan member Parliament had begun to complain.
"I'm surprised, when he (GJ) accused GST last time, he did not complain – at that moment (GST) six percent, now also six percent, why he did not complain at the time but is complaining now.
"We hope that the former prime minister does not become a hero now, and when he imposed GST on six percent, it was much worse, and now we are quite flexible compared to the past, apparently, only now that he realized. to the store must pay six percent, before that he was not informed all stores count six percent, "he told a press conference yesterday.
Najib complained yesterday in a post on his Twitter account, while the & # 39; kuih pau & # 39; he was charged SST and he also uploaded the coupon he received from the restaurant and showed the SST amount of RM3.80.
"Stopped in Pau Yik Mun restaurant, Tg (Tanjung) Malim to buy pau It is clear that SST is imposed even though this shop is of average size! Pau shop also subject to SST," wrote Najib.
Lim, who is also a Bagan Member of Parliament, said that the implementation of SST differs from GST, since only one third of the articles fall under SST in comparison with GST, which was imposed on all goods and services.
He reiterated that the SST was only imposed on restaurants with an annual turnover or a threshold of RM1.5 million and SST exemption relating to the rental of small stalls and the sale of cigarettes to food and beverage store operators.
"Under SST we are a bit flexible, we have an annual turnover or threshold of RM1.5 million … three times higher than GST, so not all are subject to SST, only those with a turnover of more than RM1.5 million. have to pay SST.
"Not like GST, everything is taxed, it's a clean sweep tax, you conduct business, pay taxes, do business, pay taxes, poor people also have to pay (GST)," said he.
With effect from 1 September, SST will be implemented at 10 per cent for sales tax and 6 per cent tax for services, replacing GST after the invoice for the turnover tax 2018 and the service tax 2018 that has been adopted in parliament on 20 August.
GST was imposed on April 1, 2015 with a percentage of six percent, introduced by the previous government to replace SST. – Bernama