WHO knew a talk on the serious subject of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) could be entertaining?
Tax consultant Dr Choong Kwai Fatt had the audience in stitches as he weaved humour into what could have been a boring and dry topic.
It was like a stand-up comedy session but it was not just laughs as he gave the lowdown on the GST, catering to business owners, employers and employees, as well as consumers.
The talk, which was held in Wisma MCA’s San Choon Hall, was organised by Chinese radio station 988 for its listeners who registered online to attend the free talk.
Dr Choong was glad 988 provided the platform for him to not only educate the audience on the GST but to also dispel misconceptions.
He talked on several points, such as limited liability partnership, Employees Provident Fund (EPF), who should use the Point Of Sales System, and my personal favourite — why employers should buy lunch for employees.
Choong has written several books on taxation and GST and has been invited to talk about it on several occasions.
“GST has been implemented in many countries; if we cannot avoid it, then we should learn how to maximise our income.
“I want people to understand it better and take advantage of it,” he said.
Aside from GST, he also doled out advise on other matters.
“When buying a house, choose a good, reputable developer; location is not as important as we will be having the LRT soon.
“Buy what you need, not what you want,” he added.
During the Q&A session moderated by 988 deejay and programme executive Jiun Too, some took the opportunity to seek Choong’s advise.
Attendees also sought help from the consultants at the inquiry booths.
Star Radio Group marketing manager Woo Bee Ay said they decided to organise the second talk after receiving positive feedback from the first one organised in December last year.
“The first talk was about the basics of GST and we hoped to delve deeper into the subject this time around.
“We had around 1,500 registrants the last time and expected less as we thought many would have heard of the topic.
“However, we were pleasantly surprised when more signed up for this session. Registration was full within three days,” she said.
The talk will also be held in Johor on June 6 and Ipoh on June 21. All seats have been snapped up.