Shopping mad till the dawn of GST

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 29 Mar 2015

Mad rush: Shoppers stocking up on household goods at a hypermarket in Taman Midah, Cheras.

PETALING JAYA: It’s the weekend and the dawn of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) soon.

So shoppers trouped into supermarkets, stocking up on what they felt they need from chocolates to detergent.

At some places, the shelves for toilet rolls and floor cleaner had been emptied out.

Social media manager Helena Singh, 29, said she waited almost an hour outside a supermarket here to avoid the crowd.

“There were so many people queueing already before the place was opened,” she said when approached yesterday.

The mother of two children said she had made other purchases at another shopping mall last week for items such as toilet paper, detergent, household goods and chocolates, which cost her about RM600.

She hoped the Government would categorise more essential items in the zero-rated list.

Insurance agent Kelvin Chong, 36, said he wanted to restock on certain household items.

“We bought toilet cleaner, dish washing soap and canned food. We cook a lot at home and we are unsure which product would be charged GST so we decided to buy our groceries now,” he said.

Former lecturer Abdul Wahab Ali, 64, said he had surveyed the prices at several supermarkets.

“I checked the prices first to ensure that I had the best deal. I bought vegetables, fish and imported biscuits as well as kitchenware.”

“My wife told me to get it earlier before the GST starts,” he said.

KK Supermart founder and chief executive officer Datuk Dr Douglas K.K. Chai said they were planning to initiate a price reduction campaign for household and essential items.

“We are also having discussions with our vendors and suppliers in our effort to maintain our prices even after GST,” he said.

In GEORGE TOWN, shoppers rushed for items like toilet paper, toothpaste and instant noodles as they capitalised on the weekend sales.

Factory manager Tan Chee Keong said he saved RM18 after spending more than RM300 on basic items.

He bought toilet paper, shower gel and detergent, among others.

“I made this shopping trip as GST is beckoning. I might not be able to save a lot but the RM18 would have bought me another bottle of shampoo and other items.”

“We need to be prudent in our spending from April 1 onwards,” he said when met at Sunshine Square in Bayan Baru.

Housewife Lim Sok Eng, 30, said she would “hoard” items like toilet paper, instant noodles and coffee powder as these were the most essential items for her family of nine.

Another housewife Ph’ng Ai Choo, 55, said she bought two dozen cans of powdered milk at RM55 each.

“It saved me a few ringgit for each can.”

Sunshine Wholesale Mart Sdn Bhd retail operations director Yee Kam Ming had earlier said people had begun to stock up on items like processed food.

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