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PM: Kepentingan negara mengatasi populariti


7 Mac 2014
Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak ketika sesi dialog selepas merasmikan
Sidang Kemuncak dan Dialog Ekonomi Kebangsaan di Kuala Lumpur, hari ini.
Sidang kemuncak yang bertemakan 'Memacu Ekonomi Malaysia: Meneliti Punca Utama' itu
merupakan anjuran Bernama dan Institut Strategi dan Kepimpinan Asia (ASLI). - Foto Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR - Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak hari ini menggariskan perancangan kerajaan dalam usaha menjadikan Malaysia lebih kukuh dan makmur, dengan berkata pengukuhan ekonomi akan memastikan negara kekal pada kedudukan untuk merealisasikan status negara pendapatan tinggi.

Berucap pada Sidang Kemuncak Dialog Ekonomi Kebangsaan di sini, Najib menegaskan bahawa sebagai Perdana Menteri, tanggungjawab utama beliau ialah melindungi rakyat Malaysia.

Najib berkata kepimpinan adalah membuat apa yang betul, bukan apa yang mudah, dan keputusan salah akan merencatkan pembangunan Malaysia.

"Saya memilih untuk menjaga kepentingan jangka penting negara, mengatasi populariti jangka pendek saya. Dan saya yakin perubahan ini akan berjaya. Rekod ekonomi kita membuktikannya," katanya pada sidang kemuncak anjuran bersama Bernama (Pertubuhan Berita Nasional Malaysia) dan Institut Strategi dan Kepimpinan Asia (Asli).

Pengukuhan ekonomi akan memastikan negara kekal pada kedudukan yang baik untuk merealisasikan status negara berpendapatan tinggi dan negara maju, kata Najib yang juga Menteri Kewangan.

Ini termasuk pelaksanaan pembaharuan subsidi yang menyaksikan pengurangan pembayaran untuk gula dan bahan api, selain peralihan daripada subsidi menyeluruh kepada sokongan bersasar bagi membantu mereka yang sangat memerlukannya.

Najib yang mengambil peluang ini untuk bercakap terus kepada rakyat, Perdana Menteri menjelaskan secara terperinci beberapa isu utama, termasuk pentingnya untuk melaksanakan subsidi bersasar, usaha untuk memerangi rasuah, pelaksanaan cukai barang dan perkhidmatan (GST) dan menarik pelaburan asing.

"Jika ekonomi mahu terus berkembang kukuh, kita bukan sahaja perlu mengurangkan perbelanjaan tidak produktif, malah meluaskan aliran pendapatan, yang membolehkan kita melabur pada masa depan.

"GST (yang akan diperkenal pada April 2015) akan membolehkan kita untuk meningkatkan perbelanjaan pembangunan. Daripada memberi subsidi, kita boleh membelanjakan lebih banyak wang untuk pelaburan produktif - ke atas infrastruktur, sekolah dan penjagaan kesihatan," katanya.

Mengulas lanjut, beliau berkata semasa kabinet meluluskan reformasi subsidi, ia dilakukan hasil sokongan padu Perbendaharaan, Bank Negara, dan Unit Perancang Ekonomi.

Najib berkata beliau tidak memandang ringan terhadap keputusan untuk mengurangkan subsidi atau memperkenal GST.

"Saya memikirkan secara mendalam mengenai risiko, kemungkinan kesannya ke atas rakyat. Namun saya memutuskan kita perlu bertindak - untuk menjamin keselamatan, kemerdekaan dan pertumbuhan masa depan," kata Perdana Menteri.

Beliau berkata ini dilakukan berikutan Malaysia, yang sedang melakukan perjalanan, sudah pun menetapkan destinasinya - sasaran merealisasikan negara berpendapatan tinggi.

Najib bagaimanapun berkata kerajaan mendengar kebimbangan yang dihadapi rakyat, dan akan membuat penyesuaian dasar apabila diperlukan.

"Mentadbir adalah untuk membuat keputusan yang betul untuk esok, dan bukan hanya untuk hari ini. Kegagalan bertindak sekarang adalah sesuatu yang tidak bertanggungjawab," katanya.

Sambil menyatakan bahawa memang mudah untuk ahli politik membuat janji manis, menawarkan apa yang dikehendaki rakyat dan menangani akibatnya kemudian, Najib menegaskan bahawa 'kepimpinan adalah melakukan apa yang betul, bukan apa yang mudah."

Najib berkata tindakan terbaharu oleh kerajaan itu disambut baik oleh pelabur dan agensi penarafan berikutan defisit bajet semakin menurun, kini pada 3.9 peratus, rendah daripada sasaran.

"Kita sedang menuju kepada bajet seimbang menjelang 2020 walaupun ada golongan cerdik pandai berkata ekonomi Malaysia akan berkembang," katanya sambil menegaskan KDNK (keluaran dalam negara kasar) meningkat 5.1 peratus pada suku lepas, selain rekod tinggi dalam perdagangan dan pelaburan asing.

Menerusi pelan strategik untuk memastikan kedudukan ekonomi yang baik, beliau berkata kemiskinan secara menyeluruhnya susut 97 peratus sejak 30 tahun lepas, dan tiada lagi golongan miskin tegar.

Sejak 1992, pendapatan isi rumah sudah meningkat tiga kali ganda, katanya mengenai perbezaan sebenar prospek rakyat biasa dan kehidupan golongan paling miskin dalam masyarakat.

Najib bagaimanapun berkata kemajuan perlu dibayar pada harga yang tinggi iaitu dalam bentuk perbelanjaan subsidi kerajaan yang meningkat, dengan kerajaan membelanjakan kira-kira 15 peratus bajet 2010 ke atas subsidi dan insentif, meningkat kepada 21.4 peratus atau RM44 bilion pada 2012.

Najib bagaimanapun berkata kemajuan ada kosnya, dalam bentuk bayaran subsidi yang semakin meningkat dengan kerajaan membelanjakan 15 peratus bajet 2010 ke atas subsidi dan insentif, melambung kepada 21.4 peratus atau RM44 bilion pada 2012.

Pada 2009, defisit bajet negara - jurang antara jumlah yang diperoleh dan jumlah yang dibelanjakan - sebanyak enam peratus, dengan kos subsidi antara faktor yang meningkatkan defisit, kata Najib.

Namun, defisit bajet tidak semestinya negatif, katanya sambil menegaskan walaupun sudah berada dalam defisit sejak lewat tahun 1990-an, ia tidak menghalang Malaysia daripada membangun.

"Dan banyak negara yang berjaya, seperti Jepun, mempunyai paras hutang yang tinggi," katanya.

Najib berkata di sebalik angka, hakikatnya ia memberi manfaat kepada isi rumah Malaysia, termasuk dari segi upah, yang terus meningkat.

"Gaji tahun lepas secara puratanya meningkat enam peratus, lebih tinggi berbanding inflasi pada 2.1 peratus," katanya dan menambah, sejak 2009, KDNK Malaysia telah berkembang pada purata 5.7 peratus setahun, dan pendapatan isi rumah meningkat 24 peratus.

Untuk terus membantu rakyat Malaysia menangani kos sara hidup, Najib berkata RM40 bilion akan dibelanjakan tahun ini untuk subsidi makanan, bahan api dan pendidikan, untuk membantu isi rumah berpendapatan rendah.

Beliau juga berkata dalam tempoh lima tahun akan datang, jumlah Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) akan dinaikkan kepada RM1,200 bagi membantu menampung kos hidup yang semakin meningkat.

Kerajaan pula mengurangkan penggunaan elektrik sebanyak lima peratus, menurunkan kos pengangkutan, selain mengurangkan bajet keraian untuk menteri.

Najib juga berkata kerajaan juga mempergiat usaha memerangi rasuah dengan berkata memerangi punca merupakan antara keutamaannya.

"Namun kita mesti jujur. Kita tidak boleh petik jari dan rasuah akan terhapus dalam masa sehari. Dan oleh itu kita mesti tangani rasuah, menyusun semula subsidi dan memperkenal GST untuk menjadikan bajet seimbang," katanya.

GST ialah cukai enam peratus ke atas barang dan perkhidmatan bagi menggantikan cukai jualan dan perkhidmatan sedia ada sebanyak 16 peratus. - Bernama

Saya utamakan kepentingan negara mengatasi populariti sendiri - PM


2014/03/07 - 10:59:29 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak hari ini menggariskan perancangan kerajaan dalam usaha menjadikan Malaysia lebih kukuh dan makmur, dengan berkata pengukuhan ekonomi akan memastikan negara kekal pada kedudukan untuk merealisasikan status negara pendapatan tinggi.

Berucap pada Sidang Kemuncak Dialog Ekonomi Kebangsaan di sini, Najib menegaskan bahawa sebagai Perdana Menteri, tanggungjawab utama beliau ialah melindungi rakyat Malaysia. 

Najib berkata kepimpinan adalah membuat apa yang betul, bukan apa yang mudah, dan keputusan salah akan merencatkan pembangunan Malaysia. 

"Saya memilih untuk menjaga kepentingan jangka penting negara, mengatasi populariti jangka pendek saya. Dan saya yakin perubahan ini akan berjaya. Rekod ekonomi kita membuktikannya," katanya pada sidang kemuncak anjuran bersama Bernama (Pertubuhan Berita Nasional Malaysia) dan Institut Strategi dan Kepimpinan Asia (Asli).

Pengukuhan ekonomi akan memastikan negara kekal pada kedudukan yang baik untuk merealisasikan status negara berpendapatan tinggi dan negara maju, kata Najib yang juga Menteri Kewangan.

ini termasuk pelaksanaan pembaharuan subsidi yang menyaksikan pengurangan pembayaran untuk gula dan bahan api, selain peralihan daripada subsidi menyeluruh kepada sokongan bersasar bagi membantu mereka yang sangat memerlukannya.

Najib yang mengambil peluang ini untuk bercakap terus kepada rakyat, Perdana Menteri menjelaskan secara terperinci beberapa isu utama, termasuk pentingnya untuk melaksanakan subsidi bersasar, usaha untuk memerangi rasuah, pelaksanaan cukai barang dan perkhidmatan (GST) dan menarik pelaburan asing. 

"Jika ekonomi mahu terus berkembang kukuh, kita bukan sahaja perlu mengurangkan perbelanjaan tidak produktif, malah meluaskan aliran pendapatan, yang membolehkan kita melabur pada masa depan.

"GST (yang akan diperkenal pada April 2015) akan membolehkan kita untuk meningkatkan perbelanjaan pembangunan. Daripada memberi subsidi, kita boleh membelanjakan lebih banyak wang untuk pelaburan produktif - ke atas infrastruktur, sekolah dan penjagaan kesihatan," katanya.

Mengulas lanjut, beliau berkata semasa kabinet meluluskan reformasi subsidi, ia dilakukan hasil sokongan padu Perbendaharaan, Bank Negara, dan Unit Perancang Ekonomi.

Najib berkata beliau tidak memandang ringan terhadap keputusan untuk mengurangkan subsidi atau memperkenal GST.

"Saya memikirkan secara mendalam mengenai risiko, kemungkinan kesannya ke atas rakyat. Namun saya memutuskan kita perlu bertindak - untuk menjamin keselamatan, kemerdekaan dan pertumbuhan masa depan," kata Perdana Menteri.

Beliau berkata ini dilakukan berikutan Malaysia, yang sedang melakukan perjalanan, sudah pun menetapkan destinasinya - sasaran merealisasikan negara berpendapatan tinggi.

Najib bagaimanapun berkata kerajaan mendengar kebimbangan yang dihadapi rakyat, dan akan membuat penyesuaian dasar apabila diperlukan.

"Mentadbir adalah untuk membuat keputusan yang betul untuk esok, dan bukan hanya untuk hari ini. Kegagalan bertindak sekarang adalah sesuatu yang tidak bertanggungjawab," katanya.

Sambil menyatakan bahawa memang mudah untuk ahli politik membuat janji manis, menawarkan apa yang dikehendaki rakyat dan menangani akibatnya kemudian, Najib menegaskan bahawa 'kepimpinan adalah melakukan apa yang betul, bukan apa yang mudah." 

Najib berkata tindakan terbaharu oleh kerajaan itu disambut baik oleh pelabur dan agensi penarafan berikutan defisit bajet semakin menurun, kini pada 3.9 peratus, rendah daripada sasaran.

"Kita sedang menuju kepada bajet seimbang menjelang 2020 walaupun ada golongan cerdik pandai berkata ekonomi Malaysia akan berkembang," katanya sambil menegaskan KDNK (keluaran dalam negara kasar) meningkat 5.1 peratus pada suku lepas, selain rekod tinggi dalam perdagangan dan pelaburan asing.

Menerusi pelan strategik untuk memastikan kedudukan ekonomi yang baik, beliau berkata kemiskinan secara menyeluruhnya susut 97 peratus sejak 30 tahun lepas, dan tiada lagi golongan miskin tegar.

Sejak 1992, pendapatan isi rumah sudah meningkat tiga kali ganda, katanya mengenai perbezaan sebenar prospek rakyat biasa dan kehidupan golongan paling miskin dalam masyarakat.

Najib bagaimanapun berkata kemajuan perlu dibayar pada harga yang tinggi iaitu dalam bentuk perbelanjaan subsidi kerajaan yang meningkat, dengan kerajaan membelanjakan kira-kira 15 peratus bajet 2010 ke atas subsidi dan insentif, meningkat kepada 21.4 peratus atau RM44 bilion pada 2012. - BERNAMA

Kemajuan perlu pengorbanan, kata Najib

OLEH LEE SHI-IAN
MARCH 07, 2014
LATEST UPDATE: MARCH 07, 2014 12:08 PM
Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak menyampaikan ucaptama di Sidang Kemuncak
Dialog Ekonomi Kebangsaan di Kuala Lumpur, pagi ini. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh
Najjua Zulkefli, 7 Mac, 2014.
Malaysia menunjukkan prestasi yang baik selepas menempuh pelbagai keadaan sejak negara mencapai kemerdekaan pada 1957, tetapi kemajuan itu datang dengan pengorbanan, kata Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“Kita lebih sihat, pendidikan dan kewangan lebih baik sejak negara merdeka lebih 50 tahun lalu.

“Kemiskinan jatuh hingga 97% dan kerajaan sudah menghentikan kemiskinan melampau. Jangka hayat meningkat kepada tujuh tahun dan pendapatan isi rumah meningkat tiga kali ganda sejak 1002,” katanya.

Bagaimanapun, katanya, pertumbuhan datang bersama harga dan subsidi yang diberikan sejak berdekad lamanya menyaksikan peningkatan perbelanjaan kerajaan.

“Pada 2010, 15% daripada bajet negara digunakan untuk subsidi. Pada 2012, Putrajaya membelanjakan 21.4% atau RM44 bilion untuk pelbagai subsidi,” katanya.

Najib berkata, kebanyakan barangan yang disubsidi oleh kerajaan adalah subsidi menyeluruh yang memberi faedah kepada semua orang termasuk warga asing, perniagaan dan bilionair.

“Saya dengar aduan rakyat mengenai kekurangan subsidi, tol tinggi dan cukai. Semua orang bercakap mengenainya dan memberikan pelbagai pendapat mengenai mengapa ia meningkat dan apa yang perlu dilakukan.

“Ada yang berpendapat Putrajaya melampau dan terlalu cepat melakukannya untuk mereformasi ekonomi dalam negara,” katanya.

Najib berkata, kedudukan ekonomi Malaysia menjadi tidak kukuh dan agensi penarafan kredit juga mula memberikan amaran.

“Kita boleh fokus kepada membantu rakyat, tetapi kita perlu pelaburan untuk berkembang, negara memerplukan pasaran asing untuk mempunyai keyakinan kepada Malaysia,” katanya.

“Malaysia juga meminjam wang untuk membayar beberapa perkara dan kita menampung pinjaman ini dengan menjual bon kerajaan.

“Membelanjakan dan meminjam berkongsi satu faktor utama, keyakinan. Kita perlu tunjuk kepada peminjam dan pelabur bahawa kita mampu untuk membayar hutang,” katanya.

Najib berkata, adalah mudah untuk membuat janji manis, menawarkan rakyat apa yang mereka mahu dan berdepan dengan akibatnya kemudian hari.

“Tetapi saya bukan pemimpin jenis itu, kepimpinan ialah mengenai buat sesuatu yang betul, bukan apa yang mudah.

“Saya bersedia meletakkan masa depan jangkat panjang Malaysia di depan jangka pendek,” katanya dan menambah bahawa ekonomi Malaysia diselamatkan ketika berdepan dengan tahun-tahun sukar.

“Ketika waktu sukar, banyak negara menyerahkan takdir dan kedaulatan ekonomi mereka kepada Tabung Kewangan Antarabangsa.

“Adalah tugas saya melindungi Malaysia dan tidak membenarkan kedaulatan negara diancam.

“Kita menjaga kewangan kita, mengurangkan subsidi untuk minyak dan gula.

“Simpanan subsidi digunakan untuk mengurangkan defisit fiskal dan dibelanjakan untuk mempertingkat infrastruktur di kawasan bandar dan luar bandar,” katanya.

Bertentangan dengan laporan pengenalan Cukai Barangan dan Perkhidmatan (GST) pada April tahun depan akan menggantikan cukai jualan dan perkhidmatan, bukan menambah cukai.

Najib berkata, Putrajaya faham kesukaran yang dihadapi rakyat dan bantuan disediakan kepada kumpulan yang memerlukan.

“Tujuh juta rakyat baru-baru ini menerima bayaran Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia iaitu RM1,200 setiap seorang.

“Putrajaya memperuntukkan kewangan sebanyak RM3,000 untuk rumah kos rendah di bawah skim MyHome. Kita juga membuka kedai dan klinik 1Malaysia,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, semua pembayar cukai berpendapatan sederhana yang memperolehi di bawah RM8,000 sebulan pada 2013 akan diberikan pelepasan cukai RM2,000.

“Kerajaan giat dalam membanteras rasuah. Semuanya, ‘ikan besar’ atau kecil menjadi sasaran.

“Kita perlu bekerjasama tanpa mengira perbezaan politik untuk menentang rasuah,” katanya.

Pembaziran dan ketirisan negara didedahkan dalam Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2012.

“Pemerolehan awam kini dijalankan menerusi tender terbuka dan bidaan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, peningkatan harga akan berlaku apabila subsidi berubah dan penting untuk rakyat Malaysia tahu sebabnya.

“Kedudukan ekonomi Malaysia berada dalam risiko dan jutaan akan menerima kesannya. Adalah tidak bertanggungjawab untuk tidak melakukan apa-apa.

“Keadaan ekonomi boleh berubah dalam satu malam dan kita perlu bersedia. Kita perlu membuat simpanan hari ini untuk esok yang lebih kuat,” katanya. – 7 Mac, 2014.

Najib: I’m prepared to put the nation’s interests before my own popularity


Published: Friday March 7, 2014 MYT 12:07:00 PM 
Updated: Friday March 7, 2014 MYT 12:09:09 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak laid down the government’s plans towards a stronger and more prosperous Malaysia, saying that he is prepared to put the nation’s long-term interests before his own short-term popularity.

Speaking at the National Economic Summit and Dialogue on Friday, Najib stressed that as prime minister, his ultimate responsibility was to protect the people of Malaysia.

He noted that leadership was about doing what was right, not what was easy, and that ducking decisions now would make Malaysia’s development suffer.

“I am confident that the reforms (undertaken by the government) will work because our economic record speaks for itself,” he said at the summit jointly organised by Bernama and the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (Asli).

Vowing that he would never allow the country’s progress, the people’s well-being and sovereignty to come under threat, he said that was why the government had acted to keep Malaysia’s finances under control.

The strengthened economy would ensure that the country remained on track to reach high-income status and attain developed nation status, said Najib, who is also the finance minister.

These included implementing subsidy reforms which saw a reduction in payments for sugar and fuel, as well as a move from blanket subsidies to targeted support to help those who needed it most.

Taking the opportunity to speak directly to the rakyat, Najib explained at length about several key issues, including the vital need to implement targeted subsidies, efforts to fight corruption, the introduction of good and services tax (GST) and wooing foreign investments.

“If our economy is to continue to grow strongly, we need to not only cut unproductive spending, but also to broaden our revenue stream, allowing us to invest in the future.

“GST (to be introduced in April 2015) will enable us to increase our development spending. Instead of subsidies, we’ll spend more money on productive investments on infrastructure, on schools, and on healthcare,” he said.

Elaborating, he said, when the cabinet approved the subsidy reforms, it was done on the back of strong recommendations from the Treasury, Bank Negara and the Economic Planning Unit.

Najib pointed out that he did not take the decision to reduce subsidies - or to introduce the GST - lightly.

“I thought long and hard about the risks, and the possible impact on the rakyat. But I judged that we had to act - to guarantee our future, security, independence and growth,” the prime minister told the summit.

He said this was being done as Malaysia was on a journey with its sights set firmly on the destination the target of achieving high-income nation status and advanced economy status.

Najib, however, said the government was listening to the people’s concerns, and would make adjustments to policies when needed.

“Governing is about taking decisions which are right for tomorrow, and not just for today. Failure to act now would be irresponsible,” he said.

Noting that it would be easy for politicians to make cheap promises, offer people what they wanted and dealt with the consequences later, he drove home the point that “leadership is about doing what is right, not what is easy.”

Najib pointed out the government’s latest reforms had been welcomed by investors and ratings agencies as the budget deficit continued to fall, now at 3.9%, lower than the target.

“We’re on the way to a balanced budget by 2020 despite what some pundits are saying, Malaysia’s economy continues to grow,” he said, noting that the GDP was up 5.1% in the last quarter, coupled with record trade as well as foreign investments.

Armed with strategic plans to keep the economy on track, he said, overall poverty had fallen 97% over the past 30 years, with the country having seen the last of extreme poverty.

Since 1992, household income had tripled, he said, spelling a real difference to the prospects of ordinary people and the lives of the poorest in society.

However, Najib said, progress had come with a price in the form of rising subsidy bills for the government, which spent 15% of the budget in 2010 on subsidies and incentives, mushrooming to 21.4% or RM44 billion by 2012.

However, Najib said, progress had come with a price in the form of rising subsidy bills for the government, which spent 15% of the budget in 2010 on subsidies and incentives, ballooning to 21.4% or RM44 billion by 2012.

In 2009, the nation’s budget deficit the gap between what was earned and what was spent was six per cent, with the cost of subsidies being one of the factors driving up the deficit, Najib said.

However, a budget deficit by itself was not always a bad thing, he said, noting that being in deficit since the late 90s had not stopped Malaysia from developing.

“And many successful countries, such as Japan, have high debts,” he said.

Najib said behind the numbers, things were, in fact, getting better for Malaysian households, including in terms of wages which continued to rise.

“Last year’s salaries grew on average by 6%, much more than inflation, which was 2.1%,” he said as he highlighted that since 2009, Malaysia’s gross domestic product had grown by an average of 5.7% per year, and household income was 24% higher.

To continue helping Malaysians with the cost of living, Najib said RM40 billion would be spent this year on food, fuel and education subsidies, and on support for lower income households.

He also mentioned that over the next five years, the quantum of the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) would be increased to RM1,200 to help cushion the blow of rising cost of living.

The government, on its part, was cutting electricity use by 5%, trimming transport costs, as well as cutting entertainment budget for ministers.

Najib further said the government was ramping up the fight against the age-old problem of corruption, describing combating the scourge as one of his priorities.

“But we must be honest. We cannot click our fingers and make corruption disappear in a day, a month or a year. And so we must tackle corruption, reform subsidies, and introduce GST to make the budget balanced,” he said.The GST is a 6% tax on goods and services that will replace the existing sales and services tax of 16%. – Bernama

Nation’s interests comes before his own popularity, says Najib


MARCH 7, 2014
UPDATED: MARCH 07, 2014 11:54 AM
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak delivering his keynote address
at the National Economic Summit, Sheraton Imperial Hotel. — Picture by Choo Choy May
KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today laid down the government's plans towards a stronger and more prosperous Malaysia, saying that he is prepared to put the nation’s long-term interests before his own short-term popularity. 

Speaking at the National Economic Summit and Dialogue held here, Najib stressed that as prime minister, his ultimate responsibility was to protect the people of Malaysia.

He noted that leadership was about doing what was right, not what was easy, and that ducking decisions now would make Malaysia's development suffer.

“I am confident that the reforms (undertaken by the government) will work because our economic record speaks for itself,” he said at the summit jointly organised by Bernama (the Malaysian National News Agency) and the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (Asli).

Vowing that he would never allow the country's progress, the people's wellbeing and sovereignty to come under threat, he said that was why the government had acted to keep Malaysia's finances under control.

The strengthened economy would ensure that the country remained on track to reach high income status and attain developed nation status, said Najib, who is also the finance minister.

These included implementing subsidy reforms which saw a reduction in payments for sugar and fuel, as well as a move from blanket subsidies to targeted support to help those who needed it most.        
Taking the opportunity to speak directly to the rakyat, Najib explained at length about several key issues, including the vital need to implement targeted subsidies, efforts to fight corruption, the introduction of good and services tax (GST) and wooing foreign investments.

“If our economy is to continue to grow strongly, we need to not only cut unproductive spending, but also to broaden our revenue stream, allowing us to invest in the future.

“GST (to be introduced in April 2015) will enable us to increase our development spending. Instead of subsidies, we'll spend more money on productive investments — on infrastructure, on schools, and on healthcare,” he said.

Elaborating, he said, when the cabinet approved the subsidy reforms, it was done on the back of strong recommendations from the Treasury, Bank Negara and the Economic Planning Unit.

Najib pointed out that he did not take the decision to reduce subsidies – or to introduce the GST – lightly.

“I thought long and hard about the risks, and the possible impact on the rakyat. But I judged that we had to act - to guarantee our future, security, independence and growth,” the prime minister told the summit.

He said this was being done as Malaysia was on a journey with its sights set firmly on the destination — the target of achieving high-income nation status and advanced economy status.

Najib, however, said the government was listening to the people’s concerns, and would make adjustments to policies when needed.

“Governing is about taking decisions which are right for tomorrow, and not just for today. Failure to act now would be irresponsible,” he said.

Noting that it would be easy for politicians to make cheap promises, offer people what they wanted and dealt with the consequences later, he drove home the point that “leadership is about doing what is right, not what is easy.”

Najib pointed out the government's latest reforms had been welcomed by investors and ratings agencies as the budget deficit continued to fall, now at 3.9 per cent, lower than the target.

“We're on the way to a balanced budget by 2020 despite what some pundits are saying, Malaysia's economy continues to grow,” he said, noting that the GDP was up 5.1 per cent in the last quarter, coupled with record trade as well as foreign investments.

Armed with strategic plans to keep the economy on track, he said, overall poverty had fallen 97 per cent over the past 30 years, with the country having seen the last of extreme poverty.

Since 1992, household income had tripled, he said, spelling a real difference to the prospects of ordinary people and the lives of the poorest in society.

However, Najib said, progress had come with a price in the form of rising subsidy bills for the government, which spent 15 per cent of the budget in 2010 on subsidies and incentives, mushrooming to 21.4 per cent or RM44 billion by 2012. — Bernama

- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/nations-interests-comes-before-his-own-popularity-says-najib#sthash.zU94WpKK.dpuf

Kerajaan beri tumpuan wujudkan bajet seimbang - Najib



KUALA LUMPUR 7 Mac - Kerajaan akan memberi tumpuan khusus bagi memerangi rasuah, meneruskan langkah merasionalisasi subsidi serta melaksanakan cukai barangan dan perkhidmatan (GST) bagi mewujudkan bajet seimbang sekali gus menangani isu defisit. kata Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.- UTUSAN ONLINE

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What a bitter pill, the medical fee hike


Narinder Singh | March 7, 2014

The government's move to placate the private healthcare sector may well blow up in its face.

Health concerns all and it does not come cheap these days. Falling sick is a double jeopardy for any individual. First you are bogged down by the illness, no matter how minor or severe, then you are hit with the medical bills and all other attendant care cost.

Loss of productivity, a lowered quality of life and financial constraints are just a drop in the ocean when one falls ill. Malaysia may boast of one of the best healthcare systems in the world, attracting hordes health tourists, but it has callously ignored the daily hardships endured by the middle class.

Middle income earners who make up the bulk of patients seeking medical attention from private practitioners and hospitals will have to now fork out more with the fee hike approved by the Health Ministry. Many will be forced to queue at government hospitals to get their medical needs met.

Ask any out-of-pocket paying patient and he will attest to the fact that over the decade, visiting a doctor in a private setting is an excruciating experience as not only are the fees burdensome but also prices of medicines and other supporting needs have been on the rise.

Though market forces may mitigate the inflation of professional fees, there is no guarantee that other affiliated services will not go up. Medicines cost far more today. Imagine if one suffers from chronic illness like diabetes, hypertension, liver or kidney failure, skin diseases and asthma, to name a few.

We must keep in mind that with the advances made in medical technology and human bio-sciences, doctors are prone to resort to defensive medicine, a trend that can be viewed as not healthy but essential to preempt any legal issues that may crop up.

Many unnecessary tests and diagnostics are being warranted which patients, more often than not, do not understand and are not made to. Thus the total cost of initiating a therapy or procedure will eventually cost an arm or a leg.

This practice is rampant in the private healthcare system, enabling handsome profits for shareholders of privately owned medical establishments.

Blow to the rakyat

One wonders if the Health Ministry is aware of such practices but then again, it may be of the opinion that it is the choice of the consumers.

The problem is our society by large is ignorant and does not take enough effort to educate themselves. Many believe that doctors are made in heaven and trust them implicitly.

One of the immediate repercussions from the hike is the possibility of more patients turning to government hospitals and clinics, especially those who can no longer afford private health care.

There are many government pensioners who would rather seek treatment in private settings to avoid the long waiting hours and lack of mobility in government hospitals. They visit local community doctors in private clinics and pharmacies to get their essential drugs and supplements. But with the fee hike, we can be assured that they will return to government-run hospitals and clinics.

Queues will be longer and the government health sector will be stretched further and overburdened. We will need longer clinic hours and more medical personnel to attend to the sick.

Overload of patients in government hospitals will be unavoidable and the fee hike will eventually back fire on the government.

The government should have looked all angles before making the decision.

Obviously stakeholders in the private sector will welcome the new amended schedule because of vested interest. But what was running in the minds of the policy makers from the government?

With Goods and Services Tax (GST) kicking in April next year, and with the uncertain terms in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on drugs, medical procedures and medical equipments, the Health Ministry may well have hammered the first blow on the people of Malaysia.

And for sure health insurance providers will jump on board the hike, and in tandem raise their premiums, again at the plight of the already burdened society.

More may choose not to continue their policies or even opt out as living costs escalates to unmanageable levels.

Narinder Singh is a FMT team member.

Aspek psikologi merungkai isu pembangunan


Publication: BH
Date of publication: Mar 6, 2014
Section heading: Main Section
Page number: 027
Byline / Author: 0leh Nasrudin Mohamed

Psikologi berkaitan secara umum dengan permasalahan manusia. Apabila struktur masyarakat bertambah rumit, pelbagai masalah timbul disebabkan bermacam punca. Ia merangkumi kejayaan, kegagalan, tingkah-laku, kesan sesuatu fenomena ke atas manusia dan masyarakat khususnya terutama masalah berkaitan kehidupan.

Bidang psikologi tegak atas prinsip bahawa struktur psikologi manusia dikuasai sepenuhnya oleh fizikal, struktur organik dan kebendaan. Kajian psikologi dikatakan bermula dengan spekulasi berkenaan roh. Berlaku peralihan apabila tumpuan diberi terhadap kajian jiwa serta realiti tersimpan di sebalik kejiwaan berkenaan. Hari ini, bidang psikologi tertumpu terhadap aspek tingkah laku manusia.

Dalam rangka kerja bidang pentadbiran pembangunan negara secara menyeluruh, aspek psikologi dikaitkan secara langsung dan tidak langsung terutama dalam menjelaskan persoalan yang berhubungan dengan sikap, tabiat serta tindakan yang dilakukan individu apabila merangsang terhadap sesuatu perubahan misalnya.

Perjelas kekeliruan rakyat

Persoalan seperti kekeliruan masyarakat memahami program pembangunan ialah contoh yang memerlukan penyelesaian secara psikologi. Hal ini termasuk analisis berkenaan kandungan serta kaedah bagaimana sesuatu program berupaya memberi keyakinan dalam kalangan masyarakat untuk menikmati, di samping menilai kesan projek pembangunan yang disusun untuk kebaikan masyarakat.

Contoh khusus berkaitan hal ini sentiasa ada. Polisi serta program seperti pelaksanaan GST (dari segi baik buruknya), keterbukaan penggunaan teknologi maklumat (misalnya melalui aplikasi media sosial yang longgar dari segi kawalannya), pengamalan kegiatan politik (seperti kempen pilihan raya), amalan dan kaedah pemberian subsidi (seperti harga barangan, PR1MA dan pendidikan tinggi) semuanya membabitkan proses analisis yang menuntut kemahiran memanfaatkan maklumat serta rasionalisasi menyeluruh.

Untuk sekian lama, psikologi memainkan peranan melancarkan perancangan serta pentadbiran pembangunan. Dalam isu persekitaran umpamanya, psikologi digunakan untuk menimbulkan kesedaran betapa menjaga kebersihan alam sekitar sebenarnya tanggungjawab semua.

Rakyat Jepun secara psikologinya terdidik dengan kesedaran bahawa pengurusan sampah bukan tanggungjawab kerajaan semata-mata. Sukar untuk mencari tong sampah di negara itu.

Kaedah kitar semula digunakan jentera pentadbiran pembangunan sebagai kaedah menjaga keseimbangan eko-sistem. Individu dalam masyarakat pula `dipujuk,' `dididik semula' dan `diindoktrinasi' untuk melihat alam sekitar sebagai sebahagian kehidupan. Psikologi digunakan dengan sebaiknya menurut kaedah yang difikirkan sesuai oleh pihak pentadbir pembangunan.

Nilai kecenderungan manusia

Kaedah psikologi mengupayakan pentadbiran pembangunan mengesan serta mengenal pasti kecenderungan semula jadi manusia terhadap sesuatu benda. Dengan mengkaji punca kecenderungan itu, maklumat berkenaan membantu kerajaan untuk merangka sesuatu tindakan yang bersesuaian dengan kehendak masyarakat.

Sebagai contoh, ketika kerajaan berusaha membina reputasi yang meyakinkan bagi pertumbuhan ekonomi sesebuah negeri, persoalan psikologi seperti mendapatkan keyakinan rakyat tempatan dan asing menjadi pertimbangan utama, terutama jika negeri itu pernah tercalar reputasinya oleh insiden tertentu yang membawa kesan negatif dari sudut ekonomi.

Hal ini pernah dialami misalnya oleh Johor dalam hubungannya dengan rakyat dan Kerajaan Singapura. Kira-kira lapan tahun lalu, laporan kejadian jenayah yang diterbitkan media Singapura berkenaan berita bahawa rakyat Singapura sering menjadi sasaran peragut, perompak dan penculik dikatakan menjejaskan ekonomi negeri itu yang mengakibatkan kehilangan pendapatan RM225 juta.

Berikutan itu, kerajaan Johor menghantar delegasi ketua jabatan agensi keselamatan dan pelancongan negeri untuk menanamkan keyakinan rakyat Johor bahawa negeri itu selamat bagi pelancong dan kenderaan dari Singapura bukan sasaran penguatkuasaan Majlis Bandaraya Johor Baru (Group to woo back Singaporeans, New Straits Times, January 3, 2006, halaman 4).

Psikologi membolehkan aliran dan bentuk hala tuju masyarakat dapat dibaca dan difahami. Dengan itu, perhubungan antara psikologi dengan pentadbiran pembangunan perlu ditadbir dengan berkesan.

* Penulis ialah Profesor Sains Politik di Fakulti Sains Pentadbiran dan Pengajian Polisi Universiti Teknologi MARA

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Rasionalisasi subsidi lonjakkan ekonomi


2014/03/04 - 07:49 AM 
Najib berucap pada perhimpunan bulanan Jabatan Perdana Menteri di Putrajaya,
semalam. Turut kelihatan dari kiri Mohamad Zabidi, Ali, Abdul Wahid
dan Muhyiddin. - Foto Mohd Fadli Hamzah
Dasar inklusif catat nilai dagangan RM1.36 trilion

Putrajaya: Kerajaan membuat tindakan tepat menerusi rasionalisasi subsidi bagi membantu melonjak ekonomi negara, dengan penjimatan digunakan menambah peruntukan Rancangan Malaysia Ke-11 (RMK-11), kata Datuk Seri Najib Razak. 

Perdana Menteri berkata, dasar bersifat inklusif dan mampan itu turut membantu perkembangan ekonomi apabila mencatat nilai dagangan RM1.36 trilion tahun lalu.“Kita berada pada landasan betul termasuk rasionalisasi subsidi, namun tidak mampu bertahan tanpa penambahbaikan dan pembangunan pada diri serta negara. 

“Negara membelanjakan RM22 bilion untuk subsidi minyak, RM40 bilion subsidi dan insentif lain, manakala RM46 bilion untuk pembangunan, ini tidak seimbang.

“Perbelanjaan subsidi berlebihan mendatangkan ketirisan, pembaziran dan ketidakadilan. Ini menghalang kerajaan menyalurkan peruntukan lebih bagi pembangunan,” katanya pada perhimpunan bulanan Jabatan Perdana Menteri, di sini semalam.

Turut hadir Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin; Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar; Ketua Setiausaha Negara, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa dan Ketua Pengarah Perkhidmatan Awam, Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal.
Peruntukan pembanguna

Najib berkata, berdasarkan teori ekonomi, pengurangan subsidi boleh digunakan untuk menambah peruntukan pembangunan negara.

“Saya berharap dalam RMK-11 kita boleh tambah peruntukan bagi pembangunan sebab banyak lagi yang perlu kita lakukan membina lebih banyak sekolah, loji air, tebatan banjir dan jalan raya di kawasan bandar serta luar bandar.

“Semua ini memerlukan kos besar. Jadi, kita tidak boleh tambah melalui tambahan hutang, sebab kalau hutang bertambah ia menyebabkan ekonomi merudum,” katanya.
Selain itu, langkah kerajaan mengurangkan subsidi pukal kepada subsidi bersasar juga memberi manfaat kepada rakyat yang memerlukan, terutama pemberian BR1M.

“BR1M 3.0 kita beri kepada 7.9 juta isi rumah berpendapatan RM3,000 ke bawah dengan peruntukan RM4.6 bilion. Saya dapat maklumat banyak yang pergi ke Sogo pada Sabtu dan Ahad, pasar tani selain pasar minggu. Jadi, ekonomi tempatan berkembang dan ini memberi manfaat secara langsung berbanding subsidi pukal,” jelas beliau.

Najib berkata, kerajaan peka terhadap masalah dihadapi rakyat yang terkesan dengan kenaikan kos sara hidup.

“Kita sensitif dengan isu ini. Kerana itu, jawatankuasa khas yang dipengerusikan Timbalan Perdana Menteri ditubuhkan bertujuan mengambil langkah mengurangkan beban rakyat selain turun padang memantau harga,” katanya.

Real estate market may see upswing next year


Publication: NST
Date of publication: Mar 5, 2014
Section heading: Business Times
Page number: 004
Byline / Author: By Sharen Kaur

PUTRAJAYA: THE local real estate market will be on an upswing next year with the value of transactions for all types of properties forecast to exceed RM143 billion.

Malaysia Institute of Estate Agents (MIEA) president Siva Shanker expects the market to improve by between 10 and 15 per cent next year, after a slow performance last year.

"Everybody thinks 2014 will be a bad year for the property market. In my mind, it was bad last year.

"My take on the sector is that in the first two quarters of this year, the market will shrink as there is still some knee-jerk reaction because of 2014 Budget and the government's cooling measures," he said after introducing a new tag system for real estate agents and negotiators, here, yesterday. "The second half of 2014 will see an increase in property transactions and this will spill over into 2015. There will be a slowdown at first, followed by consolidation and then a new high."

Siva said the only hiccup next year would be the April 1 implementation of the goods and services tax (GST).

He believes it may cause a dent in the market, but the impact could be minimised as the government continues to educate the public on GST.

"I expect an upswing in the property market in 2016 and 2017, once all these are settled and people get used to the new measures and understand the GST better."

According to the National Property Information Centre, the transaction value for all types of properties in 2012 was RM142.8 billion (427,520 units). It is still compiling data for 2013.

Meanwhile, Siva expects an improvement in the property market, thanks to the new tag system for real-estate agents and negotiators, introduced by the Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents.

Starting May 1, registered agents and negotiators are required to use an identification tag whenever they buy or sell properties.

Fahami aliran kerja GST


Publication: HM
Date of publication: Mar 4, 2014
Section heading: Main Section
Page number: 035

Kuala Lumpur: Cukai barang dan perkhidmatan (GST) antara agenda penting pada Sidang Kemuncak Pembangunan Bakat 2014 yang akan diadakan pada 31 Mac ini.

Pengasas dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif T Circle Sdn Bhd Khor Soon Kheng berkata, topik berkenaan adalah perkara utama yang akan dibincangkan memandangkan sektor perniagaan perlu bersedia apabila sistem percukaian baru itu dilaksanakan pada April 2015.

"Setiap pekerja perlu memahami aliran kerja GST dan ia bukan hanya masalah mereka yang bekerja di bahagian pentadbiran.

"Sebagai contoh, jika anda pembeli atau membuat pemerolehan, anda perlu mengetahui bagaimana invois cukai dikira oleh pembekal dan prinsip yang sama terpakai untuk mereka yang membuat tender projek," katanya pada taklimat media mengenai sidang kemuncak itu di sini.

Persidangan dengan tema Menghubungkan Teknologi dan Bakat itu bermatlamat membantu meningkatkan kecekapan dan produktiviti industri modal insan menerusi teknologi dan usahanya ke arah menjadi negara berpendapatan tinggi pada 2020.

Khor berkata, untuk menjadi negara berpendapatan tinggi, Malaysia perlu membangun, menarik serta mengekalkan bakat.

"Malaysia kini kehilangan bakat tempatan yang memilih untuk bekerja di luar negara. Oleh itu, kita mahu berkongsi teknologi dan inovasi yang boleh digunakan untuk menukar situasi ini dan mendapatkan rakyat Malaysia di luar negara untuk berkongsi pengetahuan masing-masing menggunakan teknologi di mana saja mereka berada," katanya.

Universiti Malaysia Sabah anjur ceramah mengenai GST


Janathan Kandok menyampaikan ceramah Jaringan Komuniti mengenai
Cukai Barangan dan Perkhidmatan di UMS, Sabah, baru-baru ini.
KOTA KINABALU 4 Mac - Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) menganjurkan Siri Ceramah Jaringan Komuniti Tentang Cukai Barangan dan Perkhidmatan (GST) sebagai ruang perkongsian ilmu bagi memberi nilai tambah kepada warga kampus universiti tersebut dan penduduk setempat.

Ceramah yang dianjurkan dengan kerjasama Pusat Hubungan Industri (PHI), Jabatan Hal Ehwal Pelajar dan Alumni (HEP) serta Jabatan Kastam Negeri Sabah itu bertujuan memberi pendedahan sebenar tentang pelaksanaan GST yang bakal dilaksanakan pada 1 April 2015.

Ceramah yang turut mendapat kerjasama Persatuan Pegawai Pengurusan dan Profesional (PPUMS) serta Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar (MPP) dihadiri Dekan Sekolah Pendidikan dan Pembangunan Sosial universiti berkenaan, Prof. Dr. Ismail Ibrahim; Presiden PPUMS, Zawawi Tiyunin dan Presiden MPP UMS, Fandyi Sanizan Jurup.

Menurut Pengarah Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia Sabah, Datuk Dr. Janathan Kandok, GST yang bakal dilaksanakan kelak tidak akan membebankan ekoran jumlah cukai yang dikenakan hanya enam peratus berbanding sistem cukai sedia ada.

"Adalah penting bagi rakyat untuk mengetahui bahawa GST bukan cukai ditambah, sebaliknya menggantikan Sistem Cukai Jualan dan Perkhidmatan (SST)," katanya.

Beliau yang juga alumni UMS berkata, cukai SST akan dimansuhkan kerana terdapat kelemahan pada sistem tersebut yang dilihat lebih merugikan rakyat.

Tambahnya, GST merupakan sistem percukaian yang lebih cekap, berkesan, telus dan mesra pelanggan berbanding sistem SST yang mengenakan lebih daripada enam peratus bagi setiap perkhidmatan pembelian barangan.

"Saya juga ingin menekankan bahawa GST bukan satu strategi politik kerana idea untuk melaksanakan cukai itu telah bermula sejak tahun 80-an lagi," katanya.

Sehubungan itu, katanya, masyarakat perlu melihat GST sebagai satu strategi ekonomi yang akan memberi manfaat kepada rakyat melalui penambahbaikan kemudahan sekolah, jalan raya, pengangkutan awam, perkhidmatan kesihatan dan lain-lain lagi.

Terdahulu, Pengarah PHI, Prof. Madya Dr. Ho Chong Mun berkata, penganjuran ceramah tersebut adalah satu contoh kerjasama efektif PHI dengan komuniti yang merupakan asas kepada pewujudan Bahagian Jaringan Universiti-Komuniti di UMS.

Katanya, PHI akan melaksanakan lebih banyak kolaborasi seperti ini bagi merealisasikan peranan dan fungsi PHI sebagai pemangkin perkembangan ilmu dalam kalangan komuniti setempat serta saluran menerangkan program atau dasar kerajaan.

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Consumers urged to take measures to overcome GST impact


Published: Wednesday March 5, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM 
Updated: Wednesday March 5, 2014 MYT 7:46:15 AM
Giving info: Choong conducting a seminar on GST.
CONSUMERS are urged to form groups or clubs to cushion the impact of goods and services tax (GST), which will be implemented next year.

Tax consultant Dr Choong Kwai Fatt said consumers should unite and exert appropriate pressure on retailers to reduce prices of products.

“For instance, consumers could come together and negotiate with the retailers to obtain a lower price for a product if they were to purchase it in bulk.

“Retailers will be willing to reduce its profit margin in order to seize the business opportunity,” he told reporters during a seminar on GST at Syuen Hotel on Saturday.

The talk was jointly organised by TH Yew Taxation Services Sdn Bhd.

Choong said the middle-income group, which formed the largest social class in society, would be affected by the GST the most.

“The rich have greater spending power and the poor are given various governmental subsidies and financial assistance.

“The middle-income individuals, earning between RM4,000 to RM9,000 per month however, do not benefit from anything and yet have to pay all kinds of taxes.

“I am afraid that such a situation would lead to a new poverty group in the country,” he said.

The Government should provide greater tax rebates for individuals earning a monthly salary within the range, he suggested.

He said consumers should also learn to be more prudent in spending.

“They should shop for items based on what they need and not what they want,” he said.

Meanwhile, Choong urged business operators to be prepared for the GST registration, which would run from May 1 till Dec 31 this year.

“Registration should be done as early as possible, so that operators would have sufficient time to inform their debtors, suppliers and bankers their GST number,” he said.

He also advised business operators to hire professional accounting firms to handle the registration process.

TH Yew & Co chartered accountant Yew Teck Huat was also present at the seminar.

Implementing GST-compliant IT system will be chaotic


Published: Tuesday March 4, 2014 MYT 3:30:00 PM 
Updated: Tuesday March 4, 2014 MYT 3:41:41 PM
iContro Software CEO Frank Lee predicts the majority of Malaysian manufacturers
will find their ERP system too old to be upgraded to be GST-compliant
and there will be a mad scramble to overhaul their systems.
KUALA LUMPUR: iContro Software Sdn Bhd, the local Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software specialist, predicts that businesses, especially in the manufacturing sector, will experience a “chaotic period” in trying to replace their legacy IT systems with GST-compliant ones.

“When it finally dawns upon the majority of Malaysian manufacturers that their ERP system are simply too old to be upgraded to be GST-compliant, there will be a mad scramble by the top management to put ERP overhaul as the priority of their IT budgets,” CEO Frank Lee warned.

He pointed out that Deloitte Malaysia had estimated that less than 5% of businesses had started getting themselves ready.

Lee thinks problems within the local manufacturing scene may crop up as early as the first quarter of 2014, and continue till the implementation deadline of the GST on April 1, 2015.

ERP software – which integrates all facets of an operation, including product planning, development, manufacturing processes, sales and marketing – needs to comply with the requirement of the GST when it goes into effect.

However, the introduction of GST is expected to be complicated for Malaysia’s manufacturing sector because the ERP system will need to accurately identify and capture the tax imposed or items exempted at the various raw material processing stages of goods being manufactured.

“Currently we know of (just) over 270 items that will be exempted from GST, and this does not include the various state, zone or incentive tax inclusions or exemption that apply to specific manufacturing businesses operating in Malaysia,” Lee said.

“With no prior experience or local business knowledge in implementing a GST-compliant system for a core IT systems as massive as the ERP, many foreign IT brands will find it challenging to support their manufacturers customers,” he added.

According to Lee, Australia – which adopted the GST six years after Singapore – emulated the island state’s implementation. And despite Australia having a much more organised business culture compared to Malaysia, it took the Australians almost three years to arrive at a stable, workable model.

“This is why Malaysian businesses, especially those in the manufacturing sector that have the gigantic ERP that is heavily ‘system-affected’ by GST, need to wake up now to the enormous work at hand.

"The best advice is to start making crucial decisions on your ERP system now,” Lee advised.

Healthcare players brainstorm GST issues


The Malaysian Reserve | March 4, 2014

By John Gilbert

KUALA LUMPUR: Manufacturers, importers and healthcare services providers raised clouding issues pertaining to the Goods and Services Tax (GST), touching on areas on supply of drugs to hospitals, medical insurance claims and related matters that are GST exempted in the healthcare sector.

The discussion was presented by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Tax Services Sdn Bhd executive director Tan Eng Yew who presented a series of slides explaining the GST mechanism in the healthcare sector.

“We see some concerns raised, for example, how would doctors bill their patients as consultancy services are not GST taxable while medication is taxable,” he told delegates at the dialogue entitled GST: Healthcare with Deloitte at the European Union-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce & Industry office in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

The discussion also streamlined the definition of standard-rated items, zero-rated items and exempt items and during the sharing session, delegates shared views on how the GST affects their businesses and the healthcare sector as a whole.

“How badly you are affected by the GST is how well you pass on the tax to the consumer, and in some cases, we must be aware that such actions cannot be done if the price of drugs is controlled and regulated.

“However, the GST system, once it comes to full force, will evolve and change over time as many people will lobby on it,” Tan said during his presentation.

The dialogue also raised discussion points on the impact of the GST on pharmaceutical companies who are supplying to government and private hospitals, discounts and rebates, medical insurance claims and sponsorships, donations and related points within the healthcare sphere.

In November last year, Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam said healthcare costs will not be impacted by the GST as healthcare is GST-exempted.

He said the ministry is carrying out in-depth studies on the GST structure within the healthcare services and health products that are exempted from the GST for public consumption.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Healthcare players brainstorm cloudy issues related to GST


Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:00 
John Gilbert 

Manufacturers, importers and healthcare services providers raised clouding issues pertaining to the Goods and Services Tax (GST), touching on areas on supply of drugs to hospitals, medical insurance claims and related matters that are GST exempted in the healthcare sector.

The discussion was presented by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Tax Services Sdn Bhd ED Tan Eng Yew who presented a series of slides explaining the GST mechanism in the healthcare sector.

“We see some concerns raised, for example, how would doctors bill their patients as consultancy services are not GST taxable while medication is taxable,” he told delegates at the dialogue entitled GST: Healthcare with Deloitte at the European Union-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce & Industry office in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

The discussion also streamlined the definition of standard rated items, zero rated items and exempt items and during the sharing session, delegates shared views on how the GST affects their businesses and the healthcare sector as a whole.

“How badly you are affected by the GST is how well you pass on the tax to the consumer, and in some cases, we must be aware that such actions cannot be done if the price of drugs is controlled and regulated.

“However, the GST system, once it comes to full force, will evolve and change over time as many people will lobby on it,” Tan said during his presentation.

The dialogue also raised discussion points on the impact of the GST on pharmaceutical companies who are supplying to government and private hospitals, discounts and rebates, medical insurance claims and sponsorships, donations and related points within the healthcare sphere.

In November last year, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam said healthcare costs will not be impacted by the GST as healthcare is GST-exempted.

He said the ministry is carrying out in-depth studies on the GST structure within the healthcare services and health products that are exempted from the GST for public consumption.