Shabery: No quick fix over GST on prepaid top-ups


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 03 May 2015

PETALING JAYA: Resolving issues relating to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on prepaid top-ups will take time due to the complexities involved.

Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said he had met with all telco operators on Friday night to sort out the issue as soon as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak tweeted that the Commu­nications and Multimedia Minister was the only one allowed to issue any statements on GST for prepaid users.

“The meeting was a brainstorming session. The operators and I discussed different methods of tackling this issue,” he said yesterday.

“As simple as it may look, it turns out that there are a lot of underlying complexities which need to be addressed.”

According to Shabery, other than telcos, he would also need to sit with the Customs Department and the Domestic Trade, Cooper­atives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK)

“Hopefully, I’ll be able to propose several possible solutions at the upcoming Cabinet meeting,” he said at the SKMM Media Centre in Penang later in the day.

“This is not the question of 6%, but it involves many parties, and the prepaid top-up has its own economy,” said Shabery, who explained that telcos did not sell the prepaid cards and top-ups to users.

“The sale goes through many parties, so we need to put those into consideration for the best solution,” Shabery said.

“For example, some agents have already purchased the vouchers, so the solution cannot be implemented immediately,” he said, adding that he would also discuss with the telcos on how to help specific groups of users, such as students.

“I am also looking to come on television some time this week to explain the matter to the general public,” he said, adding that it was going to be a step-by-step process.

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