THE Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) has denied that there would be a hike in parking charges when the Good and Services Tax (GST) comes into effect on Wednesday.
Council secretary Ang Aing Thye said that the 6% GST had already been incorporated in the charges, and motorists could continue to purchase the parking coupons at the current rate.
“The present rate of 40 sen every half an hour remains, and people should report to the council if there are outlets that sell parking tickets at a higher price as it’s an offence to do so,” he told a press conference at Komtar yesterday.
Penang Gerakan Youth chief Hng Chee Wey earlier lambasted MPPP Financial Management Committee alternate chairman Joseph Ng for allegedly misleading the public over the GST charges incurred on the parking coupons.
He said Ng was quoted in a Chinese daily as claiming that the MPPP parking coupon would be increased by 25 sen from RM4 to RM4.25 (for a booklet of 10 half-hour coupons) when GST comes into force.
“There is no such thing as additional charges as the service tax had been included in the coupon price.
“According to the Service Tax Regulations 1975, any person, government agency or semi-government agency providing one or more parking facilities with a turnover rate of more than RM150,000 has to pay service tax to the authority.
“Since MPPP introduced the new parking coupon system, a 6% tax has been included in the RM4 coupons. This means that the parking coupon would be sold at the same price as the GST would replace the existing service tax,” Hng told a press conference at the state Gerakan headquarters in Jalan Macalister yesterday.
He added that the 6% tax charges printed on the cover of the coupon booklets should also be printed on every sheet of coupon, similar to the Seberang Prai Municipal Council’s coupons.
He also called on the MPPP to reveal the total taxes that had been paid to the authority since the implementation of the coupon system last year.