Opposition task force on GST
Pakatan Rakyat has set up an anti-GST (goods and services tax) task force to give the public a holistic understanding of the impact of the proposed tax.
The Government is expected to introduce GST, estimated to be around 4%, in 2011, to boost revenue by an estimated RM1bil.
The task force will conduct a rigorous study on the relevant existing acts and the proposed GST Bill.
It will also equip the coalition’s leaders with information on the GST, including its impact on the community, and how it affects the inflation rate and reduce household disposable income.
The nine-man team comprises Saifudin Nasution (PKR — Machang), Azan Ismail (PKR — Indera Mahkota), William Leong (PKR — Selayang), Dr Dzulkifli Ahmad (PAS — Kuala Selangor), Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar (PAS — Tumpat), Dr Siti Mariah (PAS — Kota Raja), Tony Pua (DAP — Petaling Jaya Utara), Liew Chin Tong (DAP — Bukit Bendera) and Charles Santiago (DAP — Klang).
Dr Dzulkifli said introducing the GST would be regressive, as it would affect quality of life.