PETALING JAYA: Shoppers, we’ve got your back. To ensure that retailers lived up to sales posters screaming “Great Savings Today”, The Star checked several stores and businesses in the Klang Valley the day before and after the 0% Goods and Services Tax (GST) took effect.
On Thursday, the Aeon supermarket at 1Utama Shopping Centre had red dots on its price tags, indicating that the prices included 6% GST.
According to a beverage promoter, the staff changed the tags that very night, as new ones had already been prepared and tucked behind the current ones on the display shelves
A check on the same items a day later showed that the dotted tags had indeed been replaced by new ones with 0% GST.
A 1.2kg bag of cat food, which was priced at RM14.90, now bore a RM14.05 tag with a clear “0% GST” indicator.
Another packet of 3-in-1 coffee sachets, which was initially RM14.31, became RM13.50.
The goods at Hero Market in Taman Tun Dr Ismail also saw a similar change with a 400g packet of Milo that cost RM7.95 becoming RM7.50 the next day.
A May 31 receipt for chocolate waffle biscuits was RM9.65 with GST, while the identical purchase on June 1 came up to only RM9.10.
A check on a RM159 pair of Santa Barbara shoes at the Isetan department store saw the appropriate price slash to RM150 the next day.
However, a RM519 pair of Saucony running shoes at Royal Sporting House still bore the same price tag on June 1, with the sales assistant explaining that they were in the midst of changing the tags.
“A 6% discount would be applied during checkout at the cashier,” he added.
According to a report, Domestic Trade, Consumerism and Cooperatives Ministry enforcement director Datuk Roslan Mahyuddin said businesses would be given “some time” to retag their goods following requests for a grace period.
However, the 6% GST must be deducted at the cash register and reflected in the receipt.
At the value brand Max Fashion store, where price tags on clothes and accessories remained the same, ample signage explained that the actual price with 0% GST would be reflected upon payment.
A family business located at SS2 also had yet to change its price tags, though the shop helper said some items, such as batteries, already sported new ones.
While using a calculator to work out the 6% discount on a RM1.60 pen, he said items with old tags would see the same deduction at the cashier.
Foodies can also enjoy cheaper meals at law-abiding outlets such as the KFC drive-through at Jalan Universiti here.
A fried chicken meal for two on Thursday cost RM34.80, whereas the same order on June 1 was only RM31.90.
The McDonald’s Mix and Match combo, which is advertised as two items for RM5.99, now shows RM5.65.
A notice pasted on the entrance of its SS2 outlet stated that it was in the midst of updating the prices displayed on the menu boards, but customers would be charged 0% GST for all purchases.
However, some consumers have pointed the finger at other businesses for possible profiteering.
So far, the Customs Department has received 20 complaints, with more expected in the days to come.