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Government Sales Tax GST
Since the introduction of GST, a sales tax newly introduced back in April 1st last year,
GST or Government Sales Tax has wreaked untold financial miseries all thro the year.
Despite the various publicity shows and nationwide tours to dispel citizens’ early misgivings,
What was feared and dreaded is now an unforgiving yoke of taxation in most daily dealings.
Through the supply chain, with this imposition of this 6% tax at each level, everyone suffers,
The debilitating effects of its cumulative nature has given rise to spiralling price increases.
From services rendered to most consumables and non edible goods, top it up, GST is a must,
And when crude oil hit USD 100 per barrel, from a sedately USD40plus a barrel, we curse.
All retailers were quick to raise prices, citing the drastic rise of petroleum to justify rising costs…
The ordinary citizens, as consumers, we can only mutter and curse impotently at the costs.
Except for some basic consumables that are classified as essential goods, all others are taxable,
When one settles payment at the check out counter, there is a 6% additional payment for the government.
So to the man in the street, there suddenly is a double whammy to the rising cost of living,
A consequential price increase in goods attributed to rising fuel costs, and a 6% tax for sales servicing.
It is just a 6% service tax, replacing the 10% service tax, so the cost of goods would be lowered,
A reputable minister, in his fervour to curry acceptance from all Malaysians, blared loudly all over.
Despite the opposition political parties and their vehemence against this 6% GST tax,
The ruling party, with its overwhelming majority, approved and passed this GST tax.
One year down the road, petroleum prices are down to about USD40 or thereabouts a barrel,
Surprise, Surprise! None whatsoever any lowered prices even when petroleum dipped down to USD25 a barrel!
Today, Malaysians all over are struggling to stretch the buying power of our hard earned earnings,
If there is a corresponding rise in monetary pay, rising costs and GST would not be so demanding.
And of course, if only there is less profiteering or greed to lower the much risen prices,
Government Sales Tax of 6% is acceptable for it is much lower than in the other neighbouring nations.
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