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Wednesday August 28, 2013 MYT 9:58:00 PM
Wednesday August 28, 2013 MYT 10:02:01 PM
by rashvinjeet s. bedi
PETALING JAYA: Implement the goods and services tax (GST), stop government handouts and reduce personal taxes.
These were among the suggestions Malaysians gave to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for the upcoming budget that will be tabled on Oct 25.
On his Facebook page, Najib had recently asked Malaysians to give tell him what they wanted in the 2014 Budget.
Most users were concerned with the cost of living, with many suggesting that personal taxes are reduced.
User @balqishnasir said that subsidies should be handed out based on the income level.
"Rakyat can spend more and wisely," he said.
Some asked for the introduction of the infamous goods and services (GST) tax that had been mooted by the government for some time.
Users like @dannyseel hoped for speedy implementation so that the taxation system was fairer.
@chaixx also suggested its implementation, but hoped there was an increase in personal relief and revision of income tax brackets.
User @AminuddinA wanted the GST to be applied and fuel subsidies to be stopped, but to reduce car and personal taxes and abolishment of road tax.
He also hoped the government would abolish tolls and take over all highway from concessionaires.
Meanwhile, @theancharn suggested the distribution of tax revenue back to state governments based on a contribution ratio.
He also hoped the government would adjust the income tax bracket to reflect inflation.
While user @afifahadit wanted Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) for the middle income, many others disagreed with government handouts.
@cheery_becca said that instead of giving people cash, the money should be used to sponsor deserving students.
@therealfizi said he did not want free things, but for free education for Malaysians at all levels.
@zilazin hoped the government would abolish oil subsidies and for public transport to be improved.
There was also concern about property prices with @LimWkDaniel hoping the government would control property speculation.
Many were also concerned with the crime rate and asked for more security.
@JohanEusoff hoped there was more police presence at neighbourhoods at all times of the day.
@farhanrusli suggested that a pay rise was due for professional groups in the government.
"Doctors make 5k p/mth while my colleague in Private is making 18k/mth," he tweeted.
Users also mentioned sin taxes.
@afifplc hoped cigarettes would cost RM100 per stick while @comrademattvh asked the government to lessen tax on alcohol and cigarettes.
Other suggestions include more free WiFi hotspots, making Pulau Ketam a free trade zone and reducing the prices of imported books.
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