Please exempt hobby collectors from GST

  • Letters
  • Friday, 17 Jul 2015

I AM a senior citizen and stamp collector (philatelist). I had a very unpleasant experience recently at the KLIA Customs/Parcel Post.

I was there to pick up a parcel from Britain containing stamp collections which I had acquired from an auction.

To my total dismay, the contents were charged GST. When I asked the staff at the counter how or where it says that stamps are subjected to GST, I was rudely told off by a young man there.

The tax was supposedly based on the value of the items and also the postage, and the value exceeded RM500.

This seems not just absolutely ridiculous but also very saddening as hobbyists, such as stamp collectors, are but a small and disappearing bunch! And most are senior citizens.

Why target such a miserably small group to tax? Why can’t senior citizens like me who find solace in hobbies be exempted?

Surely, the Government is not discouraging hobbyists from acquiring materials, which are for their own use or collection, from the hobby world out there?

Has not the Government considered the sheer displeasure of collectors? How do you expect to encourage our young to become collectors if purchases for their collection incur GST?

After being a stamp collector and having acquired materials from all over the world for almost 35 years, I am now wondering if it is still worthwhile pursuing my hobby if I am to incur tax for it.

Customs Department, please immediately exempt hobby collections from GST no matter where the sources are.


Petaling Jaya

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