No price hikes despite SST, says Mamak restaurant association

Husna Alias

KUALA LUMPUR: Members of the Malaysian Muslim Restaurant Owners Association (Presma) have not raised food and drink prices despite the implementation of the Sales and Services Tax (SST) on Saturday.

Presma president Ayoob Khan Muhamad Yakub said only a six per cent service tax would be added to bills.

Secretary Mardiana Mokhtar, 40, said there was not much difference in food prices at Indian Muslim restaurants.

“It is still early to judge anything, but for now I think it doesn’t affect me much,” he said.

“The best part is, only certain things are charged SST. It is different from the Goods and Service Tax (GST), where everything was affected,” she said.

Housewife Nur Marlina Arbian, 39, said: “There are pros and cons. If the implementation of SST helps the government to pay the debts, It’s fine.”


Presma president Ayoob Khan Muhamad Yakub said only a six per cent service tax would be added to bills. Pic by NSTP/ZUNNUR AL SHAFIQ

Khairul Fahmi Ramli, 33, who works in pharmaceutical sales, said most people were confused about SST.

“It’s still early to say anthing. We just need to go with the flow,” he said.

SST is expected to ease the burden of the people as the government will only collect RM21 billion annually, compared with RM44 billion under GST. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd