KUALA LUMPUR – The government spent almost RM300 million towards implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST)on April 1, 2015.
This amount covered training grants, GST-compliant accounting software for small and medium scale enterprises (SME)s, as well as development of the MyGST system.
The Ministry of Finance in a written reply in the Dewan Rakyat here today, said of the RM300 million, RM98 million was spent on development of the MyGST computerisation system, developed by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMC).
Another RM94 million went towards subsidy for the purchase of GST-compliant accounting software managed by SME Corporation Malaysia.
The government also spent RM52.8 million for training grants, including seminars/briefings, handholding programmes and grants for training to associations/non-government bodies.
In addition, RM38 million was spent on publicity programmes in various media channels, as well as GST awareness campaigns.
“The government through the RMC and in collaboration with non-government bodies, as well as business organisations, implemented the training and awareness programmes.
“It was to assist businesses gain a deeper understanding of the GST to achieve more effective compliance and implementation,” it added, in responding to a question from Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (Independent-Bandar Tun Razak).
Abdul Khalid had asked for details of the GST implementation and a breakdown of the operations costs.
The Finance Ministry said as of December 31 last year, 6,547 training and awareness programmes on the GST had been implemented nationwide and involved about 600,000 participants. – BERNAMA