• Selangor still rejects GST, Azmin says one day after tax rollout

    Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali said today his government remains firm in its objection to the Goods and Services Tax (GST), insisting that although the system is now in place, he still believes it to be regressive in nature and an inappropriate method of increasing federal income. In reply to a question by Datuk Amiruddin Satro (BN-Jeram) Azmin told the Selangor legislative assembly this morning that Putrajaya’s logic that GST would open up a new source of income for the country was a “wrong philosophy”. “Income tax is still high and has only reduced by one or two per cent and (with GST) the 90 per cent of people who do not have to pay tax previously since they do not fall under the income tax bracket are now forced to pay, while the 10 per cent existing taxpayers are not affected,” Azmin said. “That’s why I say this is an aggressive form of tax that taxes the poor and not the rich, so we the state government are firm in rejecting this tax,” he added.

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  • Why GST for sardine but not lobster?  — Tay Tian Yan

    There was a group of GST protesters throwing out this question in front of the Customs Department headquarters. Sardine is a very common food for ordinary citizens, especially the lower to middle-income groups. So, the poor will have to pay GST for sardine while the financially loaded can escape GST for gulping the lobster? It was said that the officials at the Customs Department were somewhat embarrassed and dumbfounded.

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  • Student-magnet fried rice at Subang Jaya - The Malaysian Insider

    Starting this month, the GST or Goods and Services Tax will be imposed. If you’re wondering if this means you have to cut down on eating out, think…

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  • Putrajaya warns telcos against raising prices of mobile services - The Malaysian Insider

    – File pic, April 2, 2015.Putrajaya today warned telcos of legal action if they continued to charge extra for postpaid and prepaid telecommunications services, as the 6% goods and services tax (GST) was replacing the previous service tax of 10%. Deputy finance minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan said the broad-based consumption tax replaces the old service tax, which was also charged at 6% on prepaid services.

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  • Muslim doctors to ‘resign temporarily’ for amputation job, Kelantan hudud panellist claims

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, April 2 — Kelantan may hire Muslim doctors to perform amputations under its Shariah Criminal Code (II) Enactment after a group signalled their willingness to “resign temporarily” from their posts to carry out the job. Dr Azhar Abdullah, a member of Kelantan’s hudud implementation committee, claimed that the group of Muslim medical experts had offered their services in order to ensure the punishment will be administered professionally. “For the Muslim doctor society, they see the punishment as not contradicting to their profession as doctors, to amputate patients and convicted criminals. Because to them it is a responsibility,” Azhar told a forum here organised by the University of Malaya Muslim Students Association last night.

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  • A rant on lazy-minded GST advocates and protesters ― Hafidz Baharom

    APRIL 2 ― It is now the second day of the introduction of the six per cent goods and services tax (GST), and so begins the insanity. From idiotic tweets from a ministry asking people not to “gelabah biawak”, to an MP of a teeny tiny island and also the chairman of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd, telling people to colonise the moon to avoid the tax, it was a Feast of Fools.

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  • Shoppers find GST charged on zero-rated items

    Checks find prices go up on supplies and provisions said to be exempt.

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  • Claim GST refund from 7-Eleven outlets, newspaper buyers told

    Those who bought newspapers from 7-Eleven convenience stores yesterday but were charged a six per cent tax should seek a refund, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan said today. Anyone who paid GST for newspapers, go to 7-Eleven and claim back,” the Pontian MP told Parliament today. Yesterday, 7-Eleven posted an apology on its official Facebook page. “On behalf of 7-Eleven Malaysia Holdings Berhad we would like to issue an apology to all consumers who were affected by the GST pricing error for selected items sold at 7-Eleven Malaysia stores earlier today, 1st April 2015, which occurred due to a technical system error in our point-of-sale system.

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  • Consumers getting short end of GST stick

    In Petaling Jaya, a bakery decided to raise the price of selected buns and pastries by between 10 and 20 sen. Malay Mail photographer Razak Ghazali said he went to a pharmacy in Kelana Jaya to buy six packets of rehydration salt, which normally costs RM1.50 each. Checks at another pharmacy in Section 14, Petaling Jaya, showed the price tags of toiletries were removed, leaving customers confused.

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  • FBI confirms death of Malaysian militant after finger DNA - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 2, 2015.The US Federal Bureau of Investigation said it has confirmed that Zulkifli Hir, one of its "most wanted terrorists," was killed in a raid in the Philippines in January. A person familiar with the investigation said the FBI was able to confirm Zulkifli's death in part through DNA analysis of a severed finger that Philippine authorities collected from the gruesome scene of a raid that left Zulkfli dead.

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  • LKY: To us, he was an island

    From the top of the steps I shout to the rowdy multinational crew after a day of university revelry masked as debating, “Anyone from Singapore?” They shouted back — “Nooooo!!!!” To this I screamed, “Time for Lee Kuan Yew jokes, then.” Laughter broke out, and fictional constructs were hurt without restraint. In fact we were likelier emboldened since much of Jurong is reclaimed land, which means Malaysian sand, so we were probably more in Malaysia than in Singapore. Today, I have to admit with the passing of Lee Kuan Yew or LKY — our favourite topic of mirth, envy and reflection south of Johor Baru — a realigning must ensue, of what was, is and will be for Malaysia-Singapore relationships, and in the same breath Malaysia per se. For no foreign citizen has had as much impact on Malaysia as that man.

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  • Factory worker turned Apple supplier becomes China’s richest woman

    — Reuters picBEIJING, April 1 — A former factory worker who founded a company supplying Apple, Samsung and other technological giants with touchscreen glass has become China’s richest woman, reports said, with a fortune surpassing US$8 billion (RM29.5 billion). The wealth of Zhou Qunfei, chairwoman and president of Hunan-based Lens Technology, soared after the firm’s debut on the Shenzhen stock exchange last month, after which its shares surged by their daily limit for 10 consecutive days. Zhou worked as a factory girl at a different glass company before starting her own business in 2003. According to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, its covers are used in nearly 21 per cent of the world’s smartphones.

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  • 7-Eleven apologises for GST price error | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: 7-Eleven Malaysia Holdings Berhad yesterday apologised to all consumers affected by the Goods and Services Tax (GST) pricing error for selected items sold at its stores earlier yesterday. Its general manager (marketing) Ronan Lee said the pricing error occurred due to a technical system error in its point-of-sale system. Lee said as soon as the system error was discovered, they immediately took action to withdraw these products from sale so that their customers would not be inconvenienced further. For anyone who was impacted yesterday, the company requests them to contact it by using private message via 7-Elevan Malaysia's official Facebook page or email to marketing@7eleven.com.my with contact details.

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  • Telcos taking advantage of GST to increase prices | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Telecommunication (telcos) providers have taken advantage of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to charge consumers a tax it has been absorbing the last 20 years, in a move to defray potentially millions in costs. According to a source familiar with the matter, telcos have always absorbed the 6% service tax imposed on reloads for prepaid cards. It is understood, however, that with the implementation of GST, a number of telcos have taken the opportunity to add it on to reloads sold, despite being told that they should maintain the prices as per the norm. Altel, Digi and Maxis are a few companies which have clearly stated that its reload prices for prepaid cards now come with the GST.

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  • Sultanah Pahang and Jackson visits centre - Community | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Superstar Jermaine Jackson is in town but this time, he is not singing for his fans. A member of the pop group The Jacksons, he was accompanying Sultanah Pahang Sultanah Kalsom in paying a visit to the OrphanCare Foundation in Kampung Tunku near here. Jackson lauded the initiatives of the foundation, whose patron was Sultanah Kalsom. Meanwhile, Sultanah Kalsom urged more individuals and companies to support the foundation’s noble efforts.

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  • Penang is killing George Town — Shamsher Singh Thind

    Although I am happy that there is finally a city council in the state of Penang, there are several issues that have been bothering me for some times. The newest city in Malaysia is known as Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (Penang City) and not as Bandaraya George Town (George Town City). It is therefore a lie to say that George Town’s city status has been restored on 1 January 2015. George Town was the only city in Malaya and the first city in Malaysia.

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  • Minister defends arrests, says TMI cries wolf

    ‘The audience run helter-skelter, stampeding each other. It turns out there is no fire.’

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  • GST: Greedy coffee shop owners told to stop cheating – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo

    KUCHING: A number of coffee shops in the state that are not affected by the Goods and Services Tax (GST) raised prices of their drinks yesterday to fleece customers. “Most coffee shop owners in Sarawak still maintain the same price as before the implementation of GST.

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  • WhatsApp adds free voice calling - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP/Relaxnews pic, April 1, 2015.The messaging app has officially added voice calling, a long-teased feature that was previously available only by invitation. After making a name for itself with free text messaging, WhatsApp is breaking into the VoIP market with its latest feature, introduced in the latest update for Android (2.12.19) and soon to come to iOS. The move places WhatsApp in direct competition with Microsoft's Skype and Rakuten's Viber, both of which allow users to make voice calls between online contacts and – for a fee – to any number, landline or mobile. Given the massive scale of WhatsApp's user base (over 500 million worldwide), the app is now also a significant alternative to mobile operators' pay-as-you-go plans.

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  • Former chief justice says Kelantan can implement hudud – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    – April 1, 2015.The Kelantan government can implement the hudud law without having the Federal Constitution amended if it confines itself to the offences under the State List, said former Chief Justice Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad. He said the offences in List II (State List) of the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution were adultery; accusing someone of adultery; consuming intoxicating drinks and apostasy.

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