Najib: Govt will be short of RM20bil without GST

The Opposition’s promise to abolish the Goods and Services Tax (GST) should it take over the federal administration is impractical, says the Prime Minister.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said a recent report by the World Bank had cast doubts on the Opposition’s plan to remove GST.

“The World Bank stated that if GST is removed, government coffers will be short of RM20bil.

“What was left unsaid in (their) manifesto designed to mislead people is how the Opposition plans to recover that loss,” he said during a meet-and-greet session with the Siamese community in Kampung Chang Deng, Padang Terap, here yesterday.

Najib said for one, the Opposition might start by doing away with the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) that cost the Government RM6.8bil a year.

“Of course, that won’t be enough so they have to cut more, possibly the special incentives to farmers and fishermen.

“Then, they will move to the incentives for civil servants as well as school aid and food assistance.

“If even that will not cover the cost, they will add more taxes, such as increasing personal tax by 5% or so,” he said.

Najib said should Barisan Nasional continue to rule the state, it would consider amending the state constitution to accord bumiputra rights to the Siamese community.

Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah had announced that the community’s application to buy houses on Malay reserve land would be considered on a case-to-case basis.

“If we have full power here, we will look at amending the state constitution to entitle the Siamese community to own such houses,” he said.

Source: The Star (27 March 2018)