The government intends to spend RM1.66 million over the next two months to educate the public in all 166 parliamentary constituencies in Peninsular Malaysia on the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Bernama reported today.
Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan (pic) said this was part of efforts to intensify public awareness on the benefits of the GST. There are to be four briefings in each constituency.
"Each constituency will be allocated RM10,000 by the Finance Ministry as each session will cost RM2,500," he told reporters after a GST briefing at the Temerloh Umno branch today.
"The GST briefings will start this week and be completed in two months," he said, adding that the public's understanding of the matter was still poor at below 50%.
Maslan said they have not set the dates for the briefings in the other 56 constituencies in Sabah (25) and Sarawak (31).
According to Bernama, 330 facilitators have beeen trained on the GST in order to conduct the briefings across the country.
"Each facilitator will be conducting four briefings in four separate locations within each constituency.
"They will be equipped with relevant material such as documents and pen drives with graphs and information for multimedia presentations so that people can understand the presentation on GST more easily," Bernama quoted Maslan as saying.
The implementation of the GST is scheduled to begin on April 1, 2015, as announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in the Budget 2014 speech last October. – April 20, 2014.