KOTA KINABALU: The government has assured prepaid line users that they will receive the full amounts paid to recharge their mobile credit.
Minister of Finance Lim Guan Eng, who said this, rejected claims that circulated on social media that top-up receipts were not exempt from sales and service tax (SST).
Lim also criticized those who politicized the issue, including opposition parties.
"If there are opposition parties using this issue as political material, tell them that prepaid card buyers who purchase RM10 vouchers receive RM10 mobile calling credit.
"There will be no deductions.It is easier for telco's to not charge (SST) in the first place instead of giving discounts," he said.
In his speech during an SST briefing yesterday at the Hilton Hotel, Lim repeated that there was "no problem" and that he would meet with telco's to solve the issue next week.
He also said that the ministry would reload the list of exempted SST goods to decide whether other items could be included.
Lim said the list could only be completed by the end of the year and urged the public to help by making suggestions and recommendations.
"The most important thing is the economic well-being of people," he told reporters here.
He also advised consumers and businesses to check the latest information and list of tax-exempt items to avoid confusion.
"Items such as dried fish, dried shrimp and salted fish are exempt from SST," Lim said.
Customs Director General Datuk T. Subromaniam said that they were working with the Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs to establish a "suggested retail price" on goods to stabilize prices in the market.
He also urged the public that any problems related to the SST would call the hotline of the department during off-peak hours due to line congestion.
"We extended our working hours until midnight and even until the weekend," he added.