Update News: 6% GST Proposed Over 60 Foods Canceled

UPDATE

The Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) on Monday announced the cancellation of government proposals to impose the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) on over 60 foods.

Datuk Subromaniam Tholasy said the cancellation was made after a discussion with the Ministry of Finance to get feedback on the proposal. “We seek cooperation from all parties to take note of this,” he said.

PREVIOUSLY

PETALING JAYA: Starting July 1, the government will be imposing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on more than 60 types of foods. The foods included certain seafoods, vegetables, tea, coffee, fruits, spices and noodles.

Datuk Subromaniam Tholasy, Customs Department director-general said the listing of specific food items would be issued today.

“It’s just a few items that are rarely used by people,” he said.

According to The Star, among the food items imposed by GST beginning this July include eel, swordfish and imported fruits like avocados, figs, grapes, nectarines, cherries and berries.

Other items include daily foods such as laksa mee, bihun, coconut oil and kuey teow.

GST was introduced in April 2015 in the form of 6% tax on goods and services. For a complete list, visit gst.customs.gov.my or www.federalgazette.agc.gov.my.