KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysians need more affordable information and communications technology (ICT) tools in order to position the country as a leader in the digital age, the National ICT Association of Malaysia (Pikom) said.
In a statement today, Pikom asked the government to provide affordable and accessible ICT hardware and software in the 2018 Budget in the quest to create an educated and informed nation in line with the new digital era.
“We are proposing zero-rated Goods and Services Tax (GST) for ICT products and services, especially for big ticket items like laptops and smartphones,” it said, adding that an annual tax relief of RM3,000 should be given for personal computers (PC), tablets and smartphones.
The association also urged the government to reintroduce the Employees Provident Fund’s PC Scheme, and reduce broadband prices to be on par with that of other countries.
Meanwhile, Pikom said the 2018 Budget should stimulate greater use of ICT in the government in order to improve public service delivery and reduce operational costs, as well as to serve as a catalyst and confidence booster for the private sector to adopt these technologies.