KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13: Customs director-general Datuk Seri T. Subromaniam has condemned Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s suggestion to replace Goods and Services Tax (GST) with the Sales and Services Tax (SST).
Subromaniam said that such move will only make Malaysia a laughing stock, reported The Star.
He said the GST, which replaced the SST in 2015, has been proven to be a more comprehensive, efficient and transparent tax system.
“Some 168 countries have already implemented the same system and the Middle Eastern nations are expected to follow suit, starting with the United Arab Emirates next year.
“The whole world will laugh at us if we were to revert to SST,” he was quoted as saying by The Star.
Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is a former prime minister, has said the SST would be re-introduced to replace the GST if the coalition wins the upcoming general election.
Subromaniam said that it was saddening to see allegations being made about GST on social media.
“What is even more sad is that some top leaders in the country are twisting the truth for their own benefit,” he was further quoted as saying.