KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the decision by the Opposition to maintain the Good and Services Tax (GST) if they win in the coming general election is merely "sweet talk".
Najib, who is Umno president and Barisan Nasional chairman, said the Opposition’s U-turn on the GST is nothing unusual, and he predicts they will make more U-turns as the 14th General Election approaches.
"The Opposition will make all kinds of promises that the people want to hear in order to gain their support.
"Malaysian voters must understand that the government can only stand on solid sources of revenue, including the GST.
"The government earns RM50 billion a year through GST, and the money is needed to serve the people and run the administration.
"If they win in the general election, then they will know that administering the government is not as easy as they think," said Najib.
He said this after chairing the Umno Supreme Council meeting tonight.
Present were Umno vice-presidents Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and Wanita chief Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
Earlier, Najib launched the Umno Flag Run and official stamp in conjunction with the party's 71st anniversary.