Kementerian Kewangan hari ini mengumumkan bahawa kadar Cukai Barang dan Perkhidmatan (GST) akan dikurangkan dari enam peratus kepada kadar sifar berkuatkuasa 1 Jun.

Pengumuman itu dibuat sejurus selepas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad mengumumkan bahawa beliau telah mengarahkan kerajaan menghentikan kutipan GST.

Pemansuhan GST adalah sebahagian daripada manifesto kerajaan baru Pakatan Harapan yang berjanji  akan melaksanakannya dalam tempoh 100 hari.

Hari ini menandakan hari ketujuh gabungan HARAPAN berkuasa selepas ia menamatkan pemerintahan 61 tahun BN yang menerajui negara sejak kemerdekaan sehingga pilihan raya umum 9 Mei lalu. MKini

Malaysia to remove GST for consumers on Jun 1
Malaysia’s finance ministry said on Wednesday (May 16) that the 6 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be zero-rated from Jun 1, effectively abolishing it.

In a statement, the ministry said that the reduction of the rate will be implemented nationwide until a further announcement is made.

“At the same time, businesses must ensure that prices of goods and services comply with the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 at all times,” it added.

The announcement comes a day after former central bank governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz told Malaysians not to expect the GST removal to happen overnight, saying that it may require parliament approval.

New Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had vowed to get rid of the consumption tax that was put in place by his predecessor Najib Razak in 2015.

Bernama quoted Dr Mahathir as saying that excess GST collected will be returned to those who apply for reimbursement.

This is because the government has collected more than necessary, he added. – CNA

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