SIBU: Sibu Municipal Council like the other 25 local authorities cannot immediately implement the zero Goods and Services Tax (GST) on its services as it has yet to receive any directive from the state government.
Deputy chairman Datuk Andrew Wong told at its monthly meeting yesterday that the council needed to wait for the official letter from the government before implementing it.
On Sunday at the ceremony to end the collection of toll at Lanang Bridge, Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said the state government would help to pay GST on all services of the municipal council.
According to Wong, at the moment they were also unsure how the government would be absorbing the GST, whether it would be by government grant.
“I was surprised when the Chief Minister announced the waiver of GST for municipal services. The next day I received a lot of calls from the public on the matter. Until we receive the black and white from the government, we cannot just implement it,” he added.
Chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King in his communication before the meeting highlighted that the council would wipe out unlicensed food outlets, entertainment outlets and hotels in conjunction with Visit Sibu Year 2016.
He said action to close down those outlets would be done in accordance with Section 69 (A) of the Local Authority Ordinance.
“Meanwhile, the council is also taking action against those licensed outlets which have not renewed their licences for 2015. Showcause letters will be served before action is taken to cancel their licence,” he warned.