KUALA LUMPUR – Not a single country that has implemented the Goods and Services Tax (GST) made a U-turn back to Sales and Services Tax (SST), the Dewan Rakyat was told.
Datuk Liang Teck Meng (BN-Simpang Renggam) said instead, more countries have implemented GST, in line with the improvement of their standard of living.
He said at present, a total of 160 countries have implemented the GST.
“I have seen the opposition’s manifesto with plans to abolish the GST, which according to them had burdened the people with the increased price of goods, and to replace it with SST.
“If it is true that by reverting back to SST, it will reduce the prices of goods, I think Japan will be the first country to switch back to SST from GST,” he said when debating the motion of thanks on the Royal Address today.
Liang also called for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is internationally recognised, to convince countries that have implemented GST to switch back to SST.
“Do not just influence Malaysians. He can use his influence to convince other countries to use back SST.
“If he is willing to do so, to me he is great. If not, do not put Malaysia to shame.”
Citing the price of the Samsung mobile phone, Liang said the phone used to cost RM1,000 before it increased to RM2,000 and is currently retailed from RM3,000 onwards.
“Is the government responsible in setting the phone prices? No. Is it GST’s fault? No.
“If we want to reduce the price, maybe Dr Mahathir can visit South Korea and ask them to return back to SST, so that the price will go back to RM1,000.”
— Reporting by Farhana Syed Nokman, Nor Ain Mohamed Radhi, Mohd Anwar Patho Rohman, Idris Musa, Rizanizam Abdul Hamid and Lukman Arif Abdul Karim.