Finance Minister: Prepaid mobile users will get full value of purchased reloads

KOTA KINABALU: The Finance Ministry has assured prepaid mobile phone account users that they will receive the full value paid when they purchase reloads.

Minister Lim Guan Eng rubbished claims circulating on social media that reloads are not exempt from Sales and Service Tax (SST).

Lim also criticised those politicising the issue, including the opposition.

"If there are opposition parties that use this issue as political material, tell them that prepaid card buyers who purchase RM10 vouchers will get RM10 of mobile credit.

"There will not be any deductions. It is easier for telcos not to charge (SST) in the first place instead of giving rebates," he said, while also acknowledging that most prepaid users were from rural areas.

In his speech during an SST briefing at Hilton Hotel here Sunday (Sept 2), Lim reiterated that there was "no problem" and that he will be meeting telcos next week to sort out the matter.

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