Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has hit out at Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s remarks dismissing concerns over the Sales and Service Tax (SST) charged at a shop selling steamed buns or “pau”.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday (Sept 11), Najib showed a picture of his receipt from the pau shop and questioned why he had been charged SST when he is a consumer.
“Didn’t Guan Eng say a few times that the SST would only be imposed upon manufacturers and not consumers?
“I’m not a manufacturer, so why I am being charged the 6% tax?” he said.
“My question is this: if it is the same, why do we need to change to a different tax system, seeing that when the GST was abolished, the prices of goods did not go down?” he said.
He added that according to the receipt from the pau shop, he was also charged a 6% tax rate for his drink.
“I drank iced lemon tea there. According to the latest SST guide, the sales tax for iced lemon tea is 10% which means that when the shop buys iced lemon tea from the factory, the 10% tax should already have been included in the price,” he said.
Najib said he paid a total of 16% in taxes, which is higher than the GST 6% rate.
In a post on his Twitter account on Sunday (Sept 9), he lamented that the “kuih pau” or steamed buns he bought from a shop in Tanjong Malim was charged SST.
He also uploaded the receipt he received from the restaurant, which showed the SST amount of RM3.80.
Lim then lambasted the tweet, saying that Najib had not complained when the Barisan Nasional government implemented the GST.
“I’m astonished, when he (Najib) charged GST last time, he didn’t complain. At that time (GST) 6 per cent, now also 6 per cent, why at that time he didn’t complain but is complaining now.
“We hope the former premier don’t become a hero now. When he imposed GST at 6 per cent (it) was far worse. Now (with SST), we are being quite flexible compared to before. Apparently, only now he realised, go to the shop must pay 6 per cent, before this, he was unaware all shops charge 6 per cent,” he told a press conference here on Monday.