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Mass rally against GST, TPPA proposed at PAS Muktamar

Posted on 24 November 2013 - 11:46am
Last updated on 24 November 2013 - 01:57pm
Soo Wern Jun

SHAH ALAM (Nov 24, 2013): The PAS Central Committee and Ulama wing had proposed a motion to conduct a massive demonstration to protest against the government's action for introducing the Goods and Services Tax (GST), and issues involving corruption.

PAS deputy president Mohammad Sabu, popularly known as Mat Sabu, submitted the motion during the economic debate session at the party's 59th annual muktamar (conference) held at Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam in the presence of 1,129 delegates.

"Through this conference, we want to propose a mass public gathering that would include political parties, non-government organisations, and all related stakeholders where they can disclose all dishonest conducts revealed in the audit reports," he said.

Mat Sabu said the mass gathering will also be used as a tool to urge the government to withdraw its decision and desire to commit to the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

On October 25, 2013, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak announced the implementation of GST during Budget 2014 which will take effect April 2015.

Mat Sabu said the government had trashed the public "upside down" and that Putrajaya had burdened people with the introduction of GST without suggesting any actions to eradicate corruption and leakage.

"This motion seeks to remind the government of how they have created unnecessary burden to the public with the GST and subsidy cuts, while exposing the public to more economic-related burden and hike in the inflation rate," he said.

The proposed motion also questioned the GST system which said to be contradictory to the Islamic tax principle.

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