GST could be avoided

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Is the GST really unavoidable? Blog reader bigjoe99 writes:

I actually blame the opposition for their failure to educate the public on how GST is such a failure of the Umno/BN govt.

Truth is if we get rid of corruption and leakages, GST could be postponed for many years.

The increase in meritocracy and productivity from better governance would mean it could be postponed for two decades or more. Over that time, thecsubsidy on oil could be removed and the surplus put into a reserve fund that could be invested for returns that could mean GST could be postponed for decades and when we are already developed and have high income.

Not only that, the truth is the GST is not going to stay at 6 per cent. In every instance, it is raised very quickly after a few years. When you accept the GST, you should expect it will double within the medium term. That means you really should be thinking GST of 12 per cent if you are going to accept it.

Think about it the difference is GST of 12 per cent within say 10 years and NO GST for DECADES… The difference for the average person is in the hundreds of thousands over that period…

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kee
Dear Anil, hamidah, charles and tunglang, Am actually very fed up in this land esp with the misuse of sedition act lately… It is like there is no light at the end of the tunnel as nonsense keeps popping up one after another… The country’s leaders talked stupid and nonsense all the time… I know some of you were disillusioned with pakatan but we cant expect them to be perfect, we really need to give them a chance in putrajaya and see how they fair, we cant be any worse, can we ? Will take a trip this weekend to… Read more »
lazlo
lazlo

Stay strong Mr Kee. We need every vote to achieve the ABU objective.

Eng Hock
Eng Hock

Yes, The Key To Success is Perseverance in times of great disturbances.

Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ (in Sanskrit: ओं मणिपद्मे हूं) – Bless you stay on in Bolehland to fight for justice !

FC
FC

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Ananars
Ananars

You are too naive or a plain simpleton. How do you describe a decent meal. A plate of chicken rice, a bowl of mee or plus drinks. Lets take a plate of Chicken rice. In Singapore cost S4 -S5 dollars whereas the same cost RM4-RM5. Don`t count the conversion rate. Just count as per earning on both side. Malaysian earn about RM2k whereas Singaporean also earned about S2k. Open your eyes and mind to compare.

kee

Ah nar, herman is right, i hate to say this, you are plain stu…

Lapala
Lapala

Ananars
Go lawatan sambil belajar to Singapura !

Anthony Bourdain’s recommended Chin Chin Hainanese Chicken Rice (@Maxwell Rooad Food Centre near Chinatown) costs S$3.50 because it’s famous. Typical food centre Chicken Rice only S$2.

Chicken Rice at Chulia Street costs RM3.50-RM4.50. If you ask for drumstick, it will cost more.

frankie
frankie
Anar must have gone to the ‘tourist trap’ in Singapore. He might as well quote the famous chicken rice at Chatter-box of Mandarin Hotel in Singapore which cost S$29 the last time I ate 20 years ago. A plate of chicken rice (with a complimentary bowl of soup) at Rochor Centre (near where the JB-Singapore shuttle station at Queen Street) cost only S$2.30. The stall is operated by Singapore chinese with malaysian chinese as helpers. At Johor Bahru’s Century Garden (near the famous/infamous Holidya Plaza), a plate of chicken rice is RM5. The taukeh is chinese but the stall is… Read more »
lazlo
lazlo
Last nite panel discussion on Astro ch304 Sunday Break program (10pm) on rising cost of living/money no enough: A Singaporean earning S$3000 can get a decent meal in Singapore for S$5. One day $15 or $450 a month on food. A Malaysian in KL earning RM3000 can get a decent meal in KL for RM10. One day RM30 or RM900 a month on food. So a KL worker will have to spend a higher proportion of his income on food. I think similar trend in Penang as a meal would cost RM7 at least, right? Singapore may be expensive if… Read more »
herman
herman

In JB mamak stall, a plate of nasi putih + 1 piece of chicken + 2 spoonful of cabbage = RM6.50. Add RM1 if nasi briyani. So an average simple mamak meal + kopi O will cost RM 7.70.

In Singapore hawker centre, a plate economic rice with 1 meat + 2 vegetable dishes cost about S$3 or S$4 at air-cond foodcourt.

A plate of mee rebus (with half hard-boiled egg) RM5 in JB but only S$3 in Singapore.

So it is fair to say Singaporeans spent less on food (with proportion to their income) compared to Malaysians.

lazlo
lazlo

Do not forget Singaporeans could afford imported foodstuff like olive oil, butter, cheese, green tea etc at lower cost than Malaysians.

charleskiwi
Kee and Anil, Kee has not chosen the wrong place to go to and Anil are you sure this is Kee’s homeland ? Why are we always told first to go back to China, or India and now we are told to immigrate if this is our homeland ? Also why are the minorities being not even given the chance to work and make a decent living in our ‘homeland’ even though the early generations of minorities have toiled and contributed to what Malaysia is or what Malaysia was until, the repugnant Mahathir became the PM, but sad to say… Read more »
Phua Kai Lit
Phua Kai Lit

Don’t forget that our 1PM will also submit a “supplementary budget” later in the year.

Therefore the actual budget is the first budget plus all the supplementary budget(s) submitted later.

And the real budget = initial budget + supplementary budget(s) + off-budget spending !

herman
herman

Pro-BN folks and media are singing praise of najib’s budget but usually they are keeping quiet on supplementary budgets and off-budget spending. If teh old habit of wasting money (corruption?) is not addressed, the deficit will unlikely be narrowed even with less subsidies and more tax income from GST.

kee

Abang tunglang, how right when you said we are sucked in the economy of kangkong, born at the wrong time wrong place and being a malaysian, worse a chinese/indian malaysian, truly tough luck!!!

I hope Tuhan ku will grant me my desire to go elsewhere as i cant stand anymore…

I am actually a permanent resident of a western country but i feel like going to somewhere now as all my buddies have moved elsewhere….

tunglang
Abang kee, you are the ‘lucky’ few to have overseas options. For people who are ‘stuck’ here, we have to make do with what we have – earning skills, savings, networks, convertible assets & some ‘maruah’. Or change our perception, lower expectations & redefine life values in order to survive in a marginalised existence. To stay on & fight a good fight depends on how much hope (for a better Malaysia) one has & at which stage of one’s life. In a materialistic world, to live a marginalised existence in a racist country is hard life. But it doesn’t mean… Read more »
hamidah
hamidah

Abang Kee
Bila u migrate kurang lah vote for Ubah?
Yr buddies have moved out but bolehland still got new buddies same aspirations as yours.
Get to know them and u will be surprised.

Ananars
Ananars

You have been complaining day in day out that our country is so bad and will be bankrupt soon. You already have a permanent residence why still wait. Your tuhan has already grant you the wish of a permanent residence. So many people find it so hard to get. Either something is very wrong with you, or you lied about the permanent residence or our country is too good for you to leave. Don`t worry you will not be missed

frankie
frankie
Speaking at the MCA’s 61st annual general assembly, Najib said BN would only be fair to the Chinese if they supported the ruling coalition instead of PR.“I’d like to do more, maybe one day I can do more. But I also need the Chinese community to support BN. Come on. You have to do your part. “You can’t demand and then support DAP. You can’t demand and then support PR. You demand, you support BN, we will be fair to the Chinese,” said Najib. Has anybody noticed that this is like a slap on the face to the Chinese community… Read more »
Yang
Yang

I am also going to migrate soon. Also cannot tahan

Supercally
Supercally

Sure Ananars can read but you can`t understand. You wanted to boast you have a western countries PR but do not want to go there. So you cannot stand anymore. Asking tuhan won`t solve that problem. Asking Anwar will do. Don`t play the sympathy cards.

Ananars
Ananars

Coming to hudud and October fest, Bible confiscation. Why did DAP still want to sleep with PAS ??? Is this not sandiwara. Look at this simpleton

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herman
herman

Not all are emotionally connected by the song ‘Di Sini Lahirnya Sebuah Cinta’ and pursue migration plan.

lazlo
lazlo

The latest sandiwara was when Ah Jib Kor telling MCA that vernacular school will not be abolished (but also hinted that chinese must vote for BN to enjoy more goodies).

MCA should have asked 1PM why he did not censure that Umno guy in the first place?

But we all know this is a wayang to allow MCA to show the chinese that it is protecting chinese education.

Ananars
Ananars

I have seen one too many sandiwara

kee

Ah nar, you cant read, is it? Didnt i tell you my buddies have moved elsewhere, so i am moving elsewhere also, this time not to an angmo country but some where near my root, same culture, same language…. This will be final for me, may my Tuhan grant me my last wish, Amin !!!

lst
lst

Good to have options, be it overseas, SP ir Belum Forest. But options are nothing if there is no action.

kee

1st, action now but i cant share it openly as it involves family members. Thks.

Supercally
Supercally

Alasan alasan. Mengapa masih di sini, sejak anda mempunyai permanent residence. Tempat ini mesti sangat baik. Jangan tipu kita u ada permanent residence. Jikalau anda ada permanent residence dan tidak tinggal sana selama 1 atau 2 tahun, permanence residence akan dibatalkan. betul betul satu penipu

Phua Kai Lit
Yang
Yang

Don`t ever read the MC or Tony Pua, Tony Pua have been saying Malaysia will be bankrupt for years but we are still standing strong

herman
herman

National debt to GDP ratio is 55% and household debt to GDP ratio is 86.4%. Are this no worrying enough?

lazlo
lazlo

1PM getting extra time reprieve when he removed more subsidies and started to tax everyone via GST. Don’t you get it?

bigjoe99
UMNO/BN is now trying to sell the point GST is a replacement tax rather than a tax increase. Its true GST is a more efficient tax but when the govt spending is not efficient, ALL taxes are bad. No point having a more efficient tax to replace and inefficient one if govt spending is bad.. What is bad about GST is that its merciless towards everyone including the disadvantage. What makes the idea bad is that answer towards it mercilessness is BR1M and some exemptions – exemptions just makes the implementation difficult and inefficient and BR1M is not an economic… Read more »
Yang
Yang
Its the people`s budget. Brim RM650 to RM950, 450 to 750 and single individual 300 to 350. An extra 300k will not have to pay tax. Petrol 95 & electricity and many many essential item or 2900 items will be GST free. Corporate tax also reduce. Civil servant also get bonus. Bereavement next of kin to get 1000. Malaysia GDP expected to grow 5.6%. Deficit will be reduced. GST 6%, lowest in the Southeast Asia region, lower than the 10% imposed by Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Laos and 7% in Singapore and Thailand. Government pensioners will also receive… Read more »
lst
lst

NST ideology is finding its way to this blog!

Ananars
Ananars

Understand the wisdom of Dr. Pangloss and you will not be fool and instead appreciate it very much

Phua Kai Lit
Phua Kai Lit

But we are not fooled by Mr Pangloss, are we ?

kee
Small and medium businesses have to spend at least 10k to upgrade their software for this gst purpose… Hamidah, you are right if they manage the country prudently without wastage and corruption we dont have to pay gst or it can be postponed for decades like what bigjoe said in his article. Just pick one eg see how much the 2 useless submarines the Ah govt bought, and worse, a dear human life was lost for for greed and power grab leaving an otherwise happy family shattered… Anwar said it before we are a rich nation the rakyat can live… Read more »
AhPek SatuPulohSen
AhPek SatuPulohSen

Don’t tax Chinese, then we’ll stop demanding
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/277386
NakJeep, boleh faham ke?

Yang
Yang

We are at full employment with millions of foreigners that come here looking for job. We have one of the highest GDP. We have one of the highest number of car ownership. The rich and famous chose here for their retirement. Every week end we can see the people enjoy eating heartily in the cafe, restaurants, Star bucks, Mc Donald etc etc etc. Look like some smart guy got bad luck ??? Must really find out the reason ????

lazlo
lazlo

If our local universities are good, why then the BN government would spend unnecessary money on SL1M to retrain graduates to ensure their employability?

Yang
Yang

CLP : I am never happy about foreigners here. Do you understand what I am saying. I am trying to tell one smart guy say that our country is not so bad as claimed by him. Think first before rebutting.

Yang
Yang
1st, You betul betul cakap tak pakai otak. Foreigner come here because of abundant of jobs. Every course has its relevancy. Its just that some are in higher demand than the others. Most foreigner that come here are given jobs that is low in skill or no skill at all which the local shunned. In some cases the foreigner ways may be lower but not as low as you take it to be. Some are on par with the local and its definitely better than in their own country. Talking of PTTA loan, Pakatoon leaders like Anwar, the CAT, Rafizi… Read more »
CLP
CLP

Millions of foreigners that Yang so happy about ? If a fraction of them start to engage in illegal activities like internet scams, GRO services or ATM thefts then of course they can retire in comfort in Bolehland !

lst
lst

Foreigners came for jobs here because we simply build IPTAs indiscriminately with irrelevant courses that produce mediocre graduates that chose to be jobless because they are now refusing low end jobs but are not equipped with skills for higher end jobs. So with many pendatang asing the wages are suppressed and no incentive for productivity gain.

Meanwhile rakyat continue to pay for government PTTA that is becoming loans to be written off when graduates refused to pay back, all because of poor moral upbringing at the IPTAs!

lst
lst

Najib and Rosmah should pay for their electricity bill and the use of 1Malaysia private jet with their own money.

Supercally
Supercally

I wonder whether the CAT use his own money to pay for the various trips like the trip to Hong Kong & Xiamen recently. Or did he use his own money to pay for the electricity and water bill at CM official residence in Macalister Road. Or did he use his own pocket money to pay for petrol for usage of his Merc 300L. Come on wake up !!!!!!!

lazlo
lazlo

Yang should note that the difference is the E&O extravagant and opulent way PM and his 1st Lady lavishly spent public fund.

Yang
Yang

Lower or higher is beside the point. The point is whether the CAT paid all such expenses from his pocket since that commentator has ask Najib to pay for the electricity and use of the jet. If not than that commentator should shut up and not ask Najib to pay. Don`t side track the issue

herman
herman

The expenses of those official overseas trips by LGE are detailed in chinese newspapers (but not on The Star, NST, BT, Utusan…) and are much lower than those incurred by ex-CM Koh of Gerakan.

However, expenses of Najib & Rosmah on 1malaysia jet are shrouded with secrecy.

Yang
Yang

Yes it could be avoided. Increase of income tax, property tax, RGPT tax, cigarettes and liquor tax, car tax, road tax, insurance premium, etc etc etc. Then finally its back to square one which is even worse. After all these taxes have been increased then the GST tax. That will be a double triple blow.

charleskiwi
How else can all the Umno dorkys and schmucks get all their inflated bills paid and also to enrich themselves ? I have always maintained that this is only the beginning and without the slightest doubt more new taxes will be introduced. Also the nation budget is in deficit and also heavily in debt and soon, very soon, when the black gold ceases to come Malaysia will desperation will rear its ugly head. Just imagine with the black gold now the country is in a shamble, what will happen when it stops ? … they may beg Singapore to return… Read more »
rscrugby
rscrugby

The trouble with such online comments is there is no need to take ownership, prove it or back it up.

kilawiti
kilawiti

Productivity is only a minor part of the issue. The dogma of capitalism – ceaseless growth, nearly unregulated markets and industries, and the treatment of the environment as a rubbish dump, and the supremacy of capital over humans – means ever more and bigger “development,” out-of-control immigration, poisoned food and many other staggering issues. Earth will soon teach us reality.

hamidah
hamidah

GST avoidable if government manages the country effectively and prudently without patronage wastage.

tunglang
Reduced or stagnant incomes + fewer job opportunities + inflation + unaffordable housing + unreasonable medicare costs + higher insurance premiums + higher education fees + higher food costs + groceries expenses + less & less subsidies + one-way-up prices of fuel & electricity + crimes on the rise + road rage + murders + increase of mental depression & suicides PLUS this mother of all inflationary pressure in a 3rd world nation: GST. Being a Malaysian is truly hard-luck, born in the wrong place at the wrong time, & sucks in the economy of kangkung. Cheers Kopi-O kau kau… Read more »
Cosmo Kopitiam Towkay
Cosmo Kopitiam Towkay

Kopitiam kopi-o has to upgrade price. GST or no GST.
Becos gua tiok upgrade kopitiam – Wifi, new deco, Vietnamese coffee girls speaking Inglish. Rental also go up oredi. If not, no young lim kopi customers!
This is veri real. This is Penang Cosmo.

lst
lst

Stick to your kopi O or may be it is time for you to upgrade to frappucinno at Starrybuck since Jibby said no GST on coffee?

Ananars
Ananars

So you are saying that Singapore, Hong Kong, Asean countries, Japan, US, UK and almost all the Western countries that also have GST are not managing their country effectively and prudently without wastage. This is just an alasan by the Pakatoon

skydancerspace

If I take chilli, I will feel the “pedas”.

If I feel the “pedas” does that mean that I had taken the chilli ?
There is szechuan peppercorn, black pepper, white pepper etc.

Mana ada logik ananars ? These jokers are real cartoon !!!

liang liang
liang liang

GST surely avoidable for a resource rich nation with almost nil natural disaster like Msia.

Anyway,BR1M kena tipu only RM650 not RM1100 expected with GST money and less subsidy !

ken
ken

The government is not doing enough to educate the public about GST.
Many businesses are still unclear and confuse about GST.

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