Pakatan Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad reiterates the opposition will abolish the tax which is an unnecessary burden on the people. – pic FMT

by Gan Pei Ling

MALAYSIA was able to develop rapidly and fund mega projects without the benefit of the goods and services tax (GST) in the past, said former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Pakatan Harapan chairman said the GST continued to be unnecessary today as without it the current government was still collecting four times as much revenue as the government of his time.

“The government claims it doesn’t have enough money and that’s why it needs to collect GST from everyone. This has caused the cost of living to go up and shops to close.

“But actually, the government has more money than ever. The government’s revenue is four times as much now – before, it collected RM50 billion, now it gets RM220 billion.

“Why is the government still complaining that it doesn’t have enough money to manage the country?” said Dr Mahathir at a ceramah attended by about 1,000 Felda settlers at Gunung Besout 1, Tanjung Malim, last night.

Dr Mahathir was prime minister from 1981 to 2003. The GST was introduced in April 2015.

Without the GST, he said, Malaysia was able to fund large-scale infrastructure projects, including the North-South Expressway, Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang and the Penang Bridge, as well as upgrade Port Klang.

“We don’t promise what we cannot fulfil. We will abolish the GST.

“(Prime Minister) Najib Razak said the government wouldn’t have money without GST, (but) before this, without the GST, our country developed rapidly.”

PH deputy president Mohamad Sabu, who spoke earlier, said PH would be able to write-off the settlers’ debts to Felda by plugging the leakages caused by corruption.

He reminded the settlers that the Najib administration was still implicated in several corruption scandals, including one involving Felda.

PH president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail promised the settlers the opposition coalition would reform Felda.

The PH leaders were at the BN fortress to win over the Malays, whose vote is crucial if the opposition is to win Tanjung Malim for the first time, at the general election.

To win the constituency, they need to convince at least 5% of Malay voters in Tanjung Malim to switch over from Barisan Nasional. – Source The Malaysian Insight

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