Earlier this morning, it was reported that Customs Department director-general Datuk Subromaniam Tholasy announced today that government will impose Goods and Services Tax (GST) on more than 60 types of food
effective 1 July
Subromaniam told The Star
that the new items that’ll be taxed are “only a few items not consumed by the masses.”
Among the items said to be taxed are certain seafood, vegetables, fruits, tea, coffee, spices, and noodles.
This includes eel, swordfish
, imported fruits
such as avocados, figs, grapes, nectarines, cherries and berries.
However, according to The Star
, it is reported that several items will also be taken off the GST zero-rated list. The items are potatoes, long beans, peas, spinach, sweet corn, bihun, kuey teow, laksa mee, and coconut oil
The news received severe backlash from Malaysians especially with the Hari Raya festive season coming up.
Around Monday noon, the Customs Department issued an official statement stating that they have decided to cancel the new GST charges
for the 60 food items mentioned above.
The Customs Department has consulted the Ministry of Finance prior to this cancellation.
Guess it's all good now. Back to making Hari Raya preparations, guys!