KOTA KINABALU – The Malaysian Indian Muslims Congress (KIMMA) gives it supports to the impending implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on the April, 1.
Its President Senator Datuk Seri Syed Ibrahim Kader said that the GST is timely for a developing country like Malaysia.
“I believe it is time for us to implement the GST as it will help the government to pump in more development to the country and will benefit the people,” he said to reporters at a press conference of the first KIMMA Sabah Convention, here today.
Ibrahim stressed that the implementation of GST will not burden the people especially for the low income people.
“The government is not cheating. The GST is not a fraud in fact it is meant to help the people. Yes there will be an increase in price for certain goods and products but many of the goods retail in lower price,” he said.
He made a comparison between Malaysia and Singapore stating that the GST in Singapore is quite higher than Malaysia by 1 per cent.
“In Singapore all of the products are taxable whereas in Malaysia there are 900 things which are tax exempted. I’ve gone to several courses of the GST and I don’t see a problem for us to undergo the new policy,” he said.
He believed that government will never short change the people.
“The Malaysian government has implemented many programmes which helps to reduce the burden of the people such as BR1M, education and medical aids and this just shows that the government care,” he said.
In other development, Ibrahim disclosed that KIMMA is in the process to establish its own supermarket known as Yakin Halal Mart. This consortium based market will be realised in three years’ time.
“We are planning to open 400 outlets throughout Malaysia with a reasonable price and guaranteed certified halal products,” he said.
He stated that the price in Yakin Halal Mart would be much cheaper compare to other supermarket in Malaysia.
“We want to change the system. Instead of buying from agent or middleman; we plan to become a wholesaler where we buy and import our own goods,” he said.
Yakin Halal Mart will open its first ten outlets in the next five month at Kajang, Bangi and Shah Alam in Selangor. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah