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Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohamed Ariff
Chief Executive Officer Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER)

The Government should implement GST in 2012.
Year 2012 is the most appropriate time to implement GST because at that time the economy is expected to be on the right platform.
Introduction of GST is crucial to restabilize the Government revenue especially after the global economic crisis.

Utusan Harian
21 Ogos 2009

Dato' M. Marimuttu
Chairman of FOMCA

We should have implemented GST long time ago.
It is good for the country and consumers because of its transparency.
Discussion on Budget 2010.

Discussion on Budget 2010
25 October 2009

Datuk Paul Selvaraj
Chief Executive Officer of Consumer Research and Resource Centre

I believe what the government is trying to do now can be beneficial to consumers in the long run, but only if they are honest and transparent about it.
It is natural for people to be reluctant at first when you talk about imposing new taxes.
Why I say this can work is because it is simple, if you want more, you pay more.
We cannot live and depend on subsidies, it is going to burden the government even more and we cannot always bargain.

Malay Mail
27 November 2009

Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam
Economic analyst​​

GST should have been implemented long time ago to strengthen the financial position of the country.
GST should be introduced as an alternative source for the Government revenue.
It is a good measure and should not be deferred further.
GST can generate income and to avoid from borrowing from foreign sources.

Utusan Malaysia
19 December 2009

Datuk Mohd. Salleh Abdul Majid
Former President of Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange

GST has been implemented in 140 countries. Rakyat should understand the objective of its implementation.
The Government’s decision to provide GST exemption on basic necessities such as agricultural products and basic food stuff is respectable.
The Government needs to look for new sources of revenue to strengthen its financial position in the long run.
The Government should not be overly dependent on income tax and taxes collected from Petronas.

Utusan Malaysia
19 December 2009

Mr. Wan Heng Choon
Senior Executive of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC)

Senior Executive of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC)
The lower income group will benefit from GST.
GST, which taxes money spent, would have neutral affect on businesses.
GST would hurt companies that did not put in to place processes that would allow them to claim the input tax on time and monitor cash flow.
Business could benefit from GST provided they had good control over their taxes.
GST is a credible tax. People should give the tax a chance and not to dismiss it for wrong reasons.

Utusan Malaysia
19 December 2009

Prof. Dr. Jariah Masud
President of Malaysian Consumer, Family and Economic Association (MACFEA)

The Government needs to convey the right information to the people on GST before it is implemented.
Concerns of the consumer can be overcome by providing accurate, clear and detailed briefings.
With sufficient information, I believe rakyat will agree that it is timely for the nation to implement GST.

13 February 2010

Dr. Yeah Kim Leng
Chief Economic Expert RAM Holdings Bhd

GST should be accepted by all because it is beneficial to both the nation and the rakyat in the long run.
GST would enable the Government to further reduce the corporate and income tax rates which currently focus on certain specific groups.
GST will give a positive impact on the expenditure of the lower income group due to increase in disposable income as compared to what they have at present.
GST is seen to be a fairer tax for the rakyat as the rate of tax proposed is only 4% compared to SST at 5%-10%.

17 March 2010

Mr Andrew Colquhoun
Director of Fitch Asia Sovereign Ratings

Malaysia needs to implement structural fiscal reforms like a goods and services tax to boost its credit rating.
Disappointingly, fundamental reforms to budget revenues with the introduction of goods and services tax has been postponed.
That kind of reform and structural improvements in the budget revenue is what we look for to restore positive pressure in the credit ratings.

Business Times
23 March 2010

Comments by Public

Not all doom and gloom over GST.
The removal of current Sales Tax or Service Tax, which range from 5% to 10% and the replacement with a 4% GST, surely not all price will rise.
We will be paying less with GST.
Many of us do not realize that we are indirectly paying 5%-10% sales tax on many goods that we buy.
GST should benefit the rakyat at large.
The poor will not be unduly affected as essential goods and services will not be taxed under GST regime.

The Star
(public opinion column)​
13 December 2009​

Comments by Public

GST delay will imperil public goals
The Star
13 July 2011