GEORGE TOWN: A famous Nasi Kandar restaurant in Penang Road was caught red handed collecting Good and Services Tax (GST) but not issuing receipts to customers.

The shop was busted in a sting operations led by state Customs Department deputy director Mohd Imran Mohd Roslan.

The officers also seized the outlet’s CCTV footage in the raid at 8pm on Monday to aid investigations under the GST Act Section 33 for not issuing a tax invoice. If found guilty, the owner faces a fine of up to RM30,000 or a maximum of two years in jail or both. Malaysian Muslim Restaurant Owners Association said such a raid is expected and guilty operators should give no excuses.

Its president Noorul Hassan Saul Hameed said business owners have sufficient time to upgrade their systems to be GST-compliant.

“The excuse that business owners are unaware or lack resources is no longer viable. It has been more than a year since GST has been implemented,” he said

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