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Monday, November 25, 2013

PM on GST: Paying tax is an act of patriotism

Published: Sunday November 24, 2013 MYT 2:51:00 PM 
Updated: Sunday November 24, 2013 MYT 6:42:31 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Sunday that paying tax was part of patriotism when he explained the government’s reasons for implementing the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

He said the revenue was needed to continue developing the country.

"Paying your taxes is an act of patriotism" he said at a seminar on Strengthening the National Economy at the Federal Territories Mosque here on Sunday.

He said Malaysians were now more demanding and had higher expectations from the government.

He said these demands could only be fulfilled if there was more revenue.

He said the only other option was borrowing which was not good for country in the long run.

He said that 160 countries had implemented GST and they could not all be wrong.

He added that only 10 percent of the 14 million workers in the country paid taxes.

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