No SST on satay in shops, says Guan Eng

Bernama

IPOH: There will be no Sales and Services Tax (SST) imposed on satay sold in food outlets, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

He said the SST on the popular Malaysian food is imposed during the processing stage for the purpose of packaging and sales.

“It is the sales that gets the SST, not at the outlets,” he told reporters after a briefing on the SST at a hotel here on Saturday.

Lim was replying to a question if the SST will be imposed on chicken or beef satay sold in food outlets as it was among the items listed as taxable under ‘preparation of meat’.

Lim also reiterated that traders and business premises owners who have not updated their systems to implement the SST to do so immediately.


Lim was replying to a question if the SST will be imposed on chicken or beef satay sold in food outlets as it was among the items listed as taxable under ‘preparation of meat’ at a briefing on the SST today. Pix by Ramdzan Masiam

He said failure to do so would mean they could not charge the SST and would have to use their own funds to pay the tax to the government.

The call was also made by Director-General of the Royal Malaysian Customs Department Datuk Seri T. Subromaniam who said visits by the department found that there were still food providers who had not updated their systems.

“We advised them to update their systems so that the six per cent services tax can be charged,” he said.

He also advised traders who faced problems such as technical issues, to contact the department for assistance. -- Bernama © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd