KOTA KINABALU – The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives andConsumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) is studying the impact of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in efforts to improve its implementation to be compatible with the people’s needs.
Its minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek said there was one or two matters that needed to be reviewed to make the GST more comprehensive.
“This is to improve the GST according to the people’s needs,” he told reporters after inspecting the prices of goods in conjunction with the Pesta Kaamatan Festive Price Control Scheme at the main market and several shops here today.
KPDNKK Enforcement director-general Mohd Roslan and Sabah KPDNKK director Severinus Tukah also joined in the inspection rounds.
He said KPDNKK conducted inspections on 3,600 business premises throughout Sabah and Labuan in conjunction with the scheme implementation and only one premises was issued with compounds for not placing price tags.
Hasan said the number of complaints received by the Anti-Profiteering Movement centre, that operates round the clock, had decreased from over 7,000 consumer complaints daily when GST was newly implemented to only 250 at present.
“I have two perceptions, that is either the people have started to comprehend GST implementation and why it is implemented by the government or consumers are lazy to lodge complaints,” he added. – BERNAMA