PETALING JAYA: Customs Department has denied that caskets and infant food are subject to the Sales and Service Tax (SST).
Its director-general Datuk T. Subromaniam (pic) said his department had uploaded a list of proposed items and goods that were exempted from the SST on Aug 21.
"From the list uploaded, Customs would like to explain that caskets made from wood and food items for infants are exempted from the sales tax.
"With this explanation, we hope this issue will be resolved and will not confuse consumers and the public," Subromaniam said in a statement on Saturday (Aug 25).
He made the clarification following a statement on the matter by MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong in a ceramah on Thursday.
In his speech, Dr Wee pointed out what he deemed to be the hypocrisy of the new SST, which was passed by the Senate on Monday (Aug 20).
He said caskets and infant food would be subject to the SST.
"Lim Guan Eng used to criticise the Goods and Services Tax for being a cradle-to-grave tax. Don't tell me this isn't the same," Dr Wee reportedly said.