KOTA KINABALU: Some 16,000 companies have registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
The State Customs Department would continue to identify those who qualified but have yet to register its director Datuk Dr Janathan Kandok said.
“In Sabah we have not taken any action on companies who havent come forward to register but I wish to remind them to register now and don’t procrastinate because they could be fined with a compound of RM100 per day,” he said after launching the 33rd World Customs Day celebration at Wisma Pertanian here today.
The celebration themed ‘Coordinated Border Management: An Inclusive Approach for Connecting Stakeholder’was important as it served to remind the public about the important role of customs not only in the country but also at international level, he said.
“The challenges for the customs is to inform the public about GST. We have done our best to give the knowledge and explanation to the people,” Janathan said adding that once the people understand its importance they wwould support the GST.
According to him, the people can learn about the GST through the social media besides from the customs and he believed that many have uploaded this information there.
He said not all the materials were accurate so they should looked towards the custum for more information as they were well versed in the mechanism of GST.
On another note, he urged other enforcement agencies to cooperate with the customs to combat drug smuggling in the State.
“We need cooperation from other agencies to get information and tip-off,” he said.
During the celebration, the Sandakan Customs Department received the High Performance Award 2014 whilst J.T Kulai & Co, UMW Industries Sdn Bhd and Good Quality Bag (S) Sdn Bhd won the high performance award for the company category.
The awards are given to the department who collected the highest taxes and companies paying the highest taxes.-By Bosco Wong/Sayangsabah