*Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) is just fed up with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s rhetoric spins of tales to fool the people of Penang, DAP supporters and Malaysians.*
PCM vice president Huan Cheng Guan questioned on how was Guan Eng so “kind-hearted” to direct local government not to absorb the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for assessment rates when the law had actually stated clearly that such rates were exempted from the tax.
Under the Customs Department guide on government, local authority and statutory body as at on Nov 10, 2014, it was stated clearly that assessment rates would not be subjected to the 6% Goods and Services Tax (GST).
It was stated in Page 9 that:
“Q8 – Is assessment rate collected by a local council subject to GST?
A8 – No, assessment rate collected by local council is not subject to GST since it is a form of regulatory function of the local council.”
Section 64 of the GST Act 2014, the tax was not imposed on the provision of federal and state governance, which also applies to local authorities and statutory bodies on the supply of regulation and enforcement activities.
“So, what the heck are you absorbing, Guan Eng?
“Penang people and DAP supporters must be very naive to be fooled by DAP’s Lim Guan Eng time and time again,” said Huan.
On Saturday, graft accused Guan Eng, also the DAP secretary-general, claimed that he was kind-hearted and would direct the local councils not to charge GST on assessment rates to “alleviate economic pinch” for 1.7 million Penang people.
He said the local councils will “absorb” this GST which would save Penang people RM19.36 million.
For Penang government to collect RM19.36 million in GST means, Huan said the state government and local councils must be charging RM323 million to the public – which would be the annual operating revenue of the state government net of asset sales.
“Can Lim Guan Eng tell us exactly which state government or local council services will incur GST under our GST act? All of it?”
“Why does LGE keep on spewing all these ridiculous feel good but meaningless proclamations?
“Are Penang people and DAP supporters so easily fooled?
“Stop the spins please. Stop treating all Penang people as fools to be easily tricked by you” said Huan.