KOTA KINABALU –GST is not applicable until April 1, Minister of Community Development and
Consumer Affairs, Datuk Jainab Datuk Ahmad Ayid said.
“GST word should stand for the Goods and Services Tax sentence instead of Government
Services Tax. There’s no such thing as Government Services Tax and they should be using the SST for
now since Goods and Services Tax will only be implemented on April 1,” she added.
Many of the shopkeepers were trying to manipulate their customer by emphasising on GST which could be confusing according to her.
She said some of the products were sold at an expensive price due incorrect item paired with the wrong price tag and this had led to a huge difference between the costs after barcode were scanned at the cashier’s counter.
“It’s an offence to display the wrong price tags so if they wanted to change the pricing they should take away the old one.”
She urged members of the public to be aware of this matter and to lodge a complaint about this matter to the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism.
They could also submit complaints, suggestions and comments on items to Royal Malaysian Customs department.
“All parties should corporate in handling this matter and stop spreading rumours via Facebook,
Whatsapp, Twitter and other social networking sites,” Zainab said.
She would be organising a dialogue on GST with customs soon and hoped that both vendors and consumers would attend the event.-Saila Saidie/Sayang Sabah