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Muhyiddin: Opposition using GST to shore up support
Published: Saturday October 26, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday October 26, 2013 MYT 8:29:13 AM
The rakyat should not be influenced by claims made by certain groups over the Goods and Services Tax (GST) .
“Ample time has been allocated for the public to adjust prior to its implementation,” Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin told reporters at Parliament lobby yesterday.
“Don’t allow ourselves to be influenced by those who allege this initiative will burden the rakyat.
“Some 160 countries around the world, including those less developed than Malaysia, have implemented it.”
He added that the Opposition had already begun using the Budget and GST as an issue in its Sungai Limau by-election campaign.
“However, we have enough material and information to use (in campaigning) to ensure that voters are not influenced,” Muhyiddin said.
Asked if the 6% GST rate was high, Muhyiddin said it was “reasonable” given the consideration granted to several segments of the economy and society.
“For us, such measures will ensure that our economy is strengthened with Malaysia’s rating improving; this will shore up the confidence investors has in us,” he added.
On whether the Government would intervene to ensure that the annual income of private sector employees was raised to meet the effects of GST, Muhyiddin said that would not be done.
“It is up to the private sector to do so based on productivity,” he said.
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