Continue criticising the government, says Nurul Izzah


BUKIT MERTAJAM: Nurul Izzah Anwar called on the rakyat to continue providing constructive criticism against the government.

The Permatang Pauh MP said she was aware that the complaints with regard to the increase of goods would only increase from time to time following the implementation of the Sales and Services Tax (SST).

However, she said, the rakyat should continue criticising in order to serve as a reminder to the government and at the same time it would help in overcoming any weaknesses.

"SST is still in its early stages and various complaints have been received and it is expected the number (of complaints) will increase.

"Therefore, let us continue giving constructive criticism to the government including myself as a parliamentarian to do what we can in order to remind the government on what needs to be fixed," she said today when asked to comment on the SST which came into force yesterday.

Earlier, Nurul Izzah spent some 30 minutes witnessing the Certification Of Collaboration (COC) signed by Seberang Perai Polytechnic and nine industries to empower the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

Much has been said, especially online, with regard to the SST which comes about after a brief tax holiday following the zero-rated Goods and Services Tax (GST) on June 1.

Many posted social media updates with payment receipts claiming that the SST was not that much different than the GST which was seen as having burdened the rakyat.

Among the most commonly talked about issue was on mobile phone prepaid reloads which was also affected by the SST, as well as Indian Muslim restaurants and fast food outlets imposing what was claimed as illogical charges.

According to the list shared by the Finance Ministry and the Royal Customs Department, some 5,443 items were exempted from the SST including prepaid reloads, medicine, rice, sugar, coffee and sugar.

Yesterday, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng was reported as saying that the full list of SST affected items has not been fully finalised following several potential amendments based on feedback from the public.

He stressed that eventhough the list of items was not finalised, the government had to implement the SST as it had no choice due to the state of the country's finances. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd