Over 5,000 traders facing GST probe

PETALING JAYA: The Customs Department has a policy of friendliness, but that does not mean it will close an eye on errant traders.

At least 5,000 nationwide face possible action for offences related to the Goods and Services Tax (GST), fraud and non-submission of tax returns.

Deputy director-general (enforcement and compliance) Datuk Subromaniam Tholasy said that 7,638 investigation papers were opened between April 1, 2015 and Dec 31, last year.

Out of those cases, 5,165 were still being investigated. Some 873 cases were closed or marked for no further action.

Subromaniam said there were 593 cases pending hearing while the courts had decided in 181 cases.

Challenge to opposition: Propose alternative to GSTt

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has asked the opposition for a credible alternative to Malaysia's unpopular 6 per cent goods and services tax (GST).

He was responding to former premier Mahathir Mohamad's declaration that the opposition would do away with the tax if it came to power at the next general election.

The Malaysian government introduced the GST in April 2015, with the tax widely blamed by the public for spiking the cost of everything from street food to supermarket goods. The weakening ringgit has added to the rising prices of imported goods in the past two years.

Datuk Seri Najib said GST collection totalled RM40 billion (S$12 billion) last year, and has said that it helped to boost government revenues at a time when the income from national petroleum company Petronas dropped sharply due to lower global price of oil and gas.

Najib: Our GST not a burden

PORT DICKSON: Malaysia’s implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which has enabled the authorities to raise RM41bil last year, is not as “burdensome” as that in other countries, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said countries like India would have a drastic GST regime when it imposes up to 23% tax on certain goods from April.

Najib: What is the better alternative to GST?

KUALA KETIL (Kedah): Najib Razak has insisted the GST would see a financially “healthier” Malaysia, days after a former prime minister vowed to abolish the controversial tax should the opposition come to power.

Likening the goods and services tax (GST) implemented in 2015 to a bitter but effective pill for the economy, the prime minister went on to urge opponents of the 6% tax to “give it a rest” as the GST has contributed RM40 billion in revenue to the government’s coffers.

Sabah wants a cut from GST collected from state

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah wants a slice of the Federal Government's Goods and Services Tax (GST) because the state is unable to expand its revenue sources under its own State Sales Tax.

Sabah Special Tasks Minister Datuk Teo Chee Kang said the implementation of GST has denied the Sabah government from expanding the scope of the State Sales Tax.

"Expanding the state tax would tantamount to double taxation," he said.

Furthermore, any expansion of State Sales Tax allowed under the state constitution would further burden the people,” said Teo, who heads the state government’s Sabah Rights Review Committee that is looking into devolution of powers.