Malaysians not happy with 20 sen surcharge on web purchases


PETALING JAYA: Malaysians are not too happy with news of an additional 20 sen charge on online purchases above RM200.

Many expressed their disappointment over the proposal, which deputy minister Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin announced in Bachok, Kelantan, aimed at raising funds to help the B40 group and improve rural communications infrastructure.

Some do not mind paying but are asking if the money will really be used for its intended purpose.

“I don’t oppose this but will it truly go to the B40 group?” asked a Facebook user.

Another one said the government should fix existing leaks first before it asks the people for more money.

Others also suggested that government leaders contribute to the cause instead of relying on the rakyat.

One of them said there was nothing wrong with the intended purpose for the surcharge but it could have thought of other alternatives before imposing a fee on online purchases on the people.

“(Helping) the B40 group isn’t wrong. What’s wrong about this is that it seems like the person who suggested this idea ran out of options before transferring the problem onto the people, ” the person said.

Some people also felt that the proposal would burden people more, who already pay an extra 1% on their electricity bill to support the development of renewable energy in Malaysia.

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