In a written reply, which was circulated to the media during the Dewan Rakyat sitting on Monday, the ministry explained that the rate was fixed after a detailed study was done to ensure it was at the most appropriate rate for Malaysia.
The ministry said this in reply to a question by Khalid Abdul Samad (PAS-Shah Alam) who wanted to know whether the government would consider reducing the GST rate from 6%.
“The government always wants to ensure that the country’s tax system covering direct taxes, including corporate and individual tax rates, as well as indirect taxes, can promote economic development and sustain the country’s competitiveness in the long run,” it said.
Among the factors that took into account the impact of the GST rate changes included the impact of economic growth, consumer price index and investment inflows, including foreign investors, it said.- BERNAMA
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