Private schools bear cost of non-exempted items

THE Goods and Services Tax (GST) will indirectly cause private secondary school fees to increase.

Sin Chew Daily reported that although private secondary schools were under the GST exemption list, they needed to bear the cost of non-GST exempted items.

United Chinese School Teachers Association of Malaysia (Dong Jiao Zong) independent schools working committee deputy chairman Ong Chiow Chuen said the schools are not allowed to collect the 6% GST from parents so some of them may increase the school fees.

It was reported that the management of some Chinese private schools such as Chung Hua High School in Seremban, Pay Fong High School in Malacca and Chung Hwa Independent High School in Kelantan, has decided to increase their school fees.

However, it is learnt that the increase will not exceed 10%.

There are currently 79,308 students in 60 Chinese private schools nationwide.

The National Association of Private Educational Institutions (Napei) also expected tuition fees at some private higher learning institutions to increase after the GST, which will be imposed starting from April 1.

> A cat was sold for A$140,000 (RM400,000) in Sydney, Australia.

Nanyang Siang Pau reported that a house owner put a house with five rooms, where his family had stayed for 19 years up for auction at the price of A$2.06mil (RM5.9mil), but the action failed as the price set was too high.

After some time, the house broker approached him and brought him suprising news that “someone was willing to pay A$2.2mil (RM6.3mil) for the house, but with the condition that a cat named Tiffany must be sold together”.

At first the house owner thought that it was a joke, but when he found out that the man was an authentic buyer, he was overjoyed.

“I can’t find a reason to reject this offer. It is time for me to bid farewell to Tiffany

“Tiffany is a princess and it was proven when her new owner offered A$140,000 for her,” he said.

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