Political blogger questions Penang’s GST ‘exemption’t

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Government recently said it has ordered its two local councils to absorb RM19.36mil in chargeable Goods and Services Tax (GST) a year on local services such as public parking fees, but not all are buying it.

Shortly after Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng held a press conference to announce this, a political commentator with the pseudonym Lim Sian See questioned the announcement on Facebook.

“Under the GST Act, assessment rates and the vast majority of local council services … are exempt from GST,” Sian See wrote.

Guan Eng had said the local councils - Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) – would absorb the GST on the public parking fee of 80 sen per hour on the island.

Penang to absorb RM55.2m in assessment rates, GST

GEORGE TOWN, Feb 13 — The Penang state government said today it will absorb RM55.19 million in assessment rates for all property owners and Goods and Services Tax (GST) for all its services in the state this year.

While launching an awareness drive on the assessment rate exemption at Penang Island City Council (MBPP), Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said all low-cost, low medium-cost housing and kampung house owners in the state are exempted from paying assessment rates this year.

"The remaining property owners, including commercial properties, will be given 6 per cent reduction," he said at the City Hall here.

The exemptions will amount to RM14 million, the cost of which will be absorbed by both the MBPP and the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP).


Schools Not Authorized To Collect GST From Students, Says Ministry

PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry is probing a case where a Chinese school had allegedly collected Good and Services Tax (GST) from its students.

Deputy Education Minister, Datuk Chong Sin Woon said he has already instructed his officials to investigate the matter.

“I’ve asked my Deputy Director General to visit the school,” Chong told reporters after receiving a Memorandum on Chinese Education Reforms from the Federal Territory Chinese Assembly Hall at his office here.

“I’m told that the computer class in the school is handled by a private company. In normal practice, GST is absorbed by the company. So we are checking why this particular school is charging GST separately.”

Gst computation, price hiking impacting Malaysian householdst

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysians consumers are experiencing a sudden increase in prices across the board particularly with the recent increase in pump fuel prices blamed on refinery issues.

The situation is becoming untenable, said many on the streets.

“In some cases, some restaurants would increase their prices while the dish size is reduced,”said one consumer who spoke to The Independent.

Call for GST waiver with FT welfare card

PETALING JAYA: Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng has proposed a GST waiver on purchases made with the rebranded welfare card to be launched by the Federal Territories Ministry next month.

Speaking to FMT, he said those deserving of the card should not have to worry about tax.

The card entitles the holder to discounts on essential goods.

“If the ministry is serious about reducing the financial burden of the disabled, senior citizens and the jobless, then the items purchased on discount should be GST exempt,” Lim said.

“Otherwise, the Kad Ceria Wilayah project is nothing but another pre-election campaign gimmick.”

Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor recently announced that the rebranded discount card for city folk would replace the Kad Komuniti Ceria, which was launched on February 2015. He said the earlier card was not working well.

Lim said he’d like to know how much the scheme would cost.