Council pays SST for parking

Tan speaking about the lack of civic consciousness among Penangites during the full council meeting.

THE Penang Island City Council (MBPP) will absorb the Sales and Service Tax (SST) imposed on parking fee collected at all council parking lots.

The public can continue buying parking coupons at the usual price while the council will fork out the 6% SST charges imposed.

MBPP mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said it would be just like when the council previously absorbed the Goods and Services Tax (GST) imposed on its parking services.

“Effective Sept 1, MBPP has agreed to bear the 6% SST charges imposed on parking fees collected at all council parking lots on the island,” he said at a press conference after chairing a full council meeting recently at City Hall in George Town, Penang.

According to him, the council collects RM600,000 in coupon sale on average per month.

“So, on average the council will have to pay RM36,000 in SST per month,” he said.

In September, the Pakatan Harapan government reintroduced the SST to replace GST which was implemented in 2015.

Separately, during her adjournment speech, councillor Tan Hooi Peng raised the issue of the lack of civic consciousness among Penangites.

Tan gave examples of daily occurrences such as those who throw away waste at random places, including discarding of bulk waste such as furniture.

“There are motorists who still throw rubbish and cigarette butts out of the window. Unscrupulous people still throw rubbish and pour used oil into the drain, especially hawkers.

“Public toilets, recreational parks, bus stops, signboards are also subject to vandalism. There have been instances where lamp post circuit box covers have been stolen.

“Many also stick illegal advertisements all over the place, forcing the local authorities to take action every day,” she said.

Tan then raised the issue about road safety, noting that many motorists still do not stop at zebra crossings even when the light has turned red.

“This poses a danger to pedestrians,” she said citing the recent incident where a Year One pupil cheated death when she was hit by an MPV outside SJK(C) Kwang Hwa in Sungai Nibong.

Tan said such reckless behaviour would eventually threaten the people’s freedom and safety.

“It has made MBPP’s work harder and affected Penang’s image.

“If everyone played their part and is more aware, this need not be raised.

“Such irresponsible behaviour has caused the council millions of ringgit in maintenance, waste management and other works.

“I hope the public will cooperate and appreciate the facilities and infrastructure provided by the state government,” she said.

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