PM: Malaysia will not reintroduce GST

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has no plans to reintroduce a goods and services tax (GST) or any other broad-based consumption tax, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said on Tuesday.

The government will instead look to reduce subsidies enjoyed by the wealthy, Anwar, who is also finance minister, told parliament.

Anwar, who took office in November, has ordered a review of Malaysia's subsidy programme, prioritising aid for low-income groups, amid high government debt levels and rising living costs.

Malaysia offers subsidies to all citizens, with transport fuel and cooking oil accounting for the biggest expense. It also subsidises electricity, sugar and flour.

Government debt and liabilities currently stood at 1.5 trillion ringgit ($114.86 billion), or about 82% of GDP, Anwar said.

"We need to find ways to increase revenue and conduct a public expenditure review without burdening the people," he said.

Anwar is expected to present a revised government budget on Feb. 24. - Reuters

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