Ever since the GST was implemented in Malaysia in April 2015, many Malaysians have become furious and unhappy about them having to spend more on almost everything they purchase. 6% of GST is a fixed rate for goods and services tax in Malaysia. Think about it, 6% of something you purchase being imposed as tax is quite high priced, especially for those that come from below the middle and average income status in Malaysia.
But sadly, looks like we will all have to start spending even more now, that up to 60 types of food items starting from the 1st of July 2017. (Grocery shopping ain’t fun anymore!)
It is just reported today by The Star Online, that from 1 July 2017 onwards, food items such as seafood, vegetables, fruits, tea, coffee, spices and noodles will be imposed with Goods and Services Tax (GST). The news was just confirmed today by Datuk Subromaniam Tholasy, the Customs Department Director-General. He claimed that a full statement will be made later today (June 19, 2017, Monday).
Source: The Malay Mail
“It’s only a few items not consumed by the masses. The new items that will be levied with GST include eel, swordfish and imported fruits like avocados, figs, grapes, nectarines, cherries and berries.”
Essential items like basic food or essential cooking items were not imposed with GST previously. However, even rice, sugar, salt, flour, noodles, coffee, tea, cooking oil, all imported and local fruits are imposed with GST. As for vegetables, potatoes, long beans, peas, spinach, and sweet corn would also be on the GST list. There are also other items including, bihun, kuey teow, laksa mee, and coconut oil. (I think it’s time we start controlling our diet!)
Doesn’t it feel like we’re basically paying tax for even the food that we eat and cook by our own? Many people have always said that by eating from home, you’ll save more and you won’t have to pay GST taxes and service charges, but looks like we do now.
The full story will be issued later on today, stay tuned for more updates!