Equating taxes with sharia shows lack of ideas

 |May 2, 2017

I have noticed some PAS or religious people bringing Islam into the debate on goods and services tax (GST).

They are suggesting that the GST may not quite be ‘sharia-compliant’.

If you want to debate that then all taxes other than Zakat and Jizya would be non-sharia-compliant because none were mentioned in the Qur’an.

Toll charges, service tax, property gains tax, stamp duty, airport tax, entertainment tax, income tax, import duty, etc., would all be haram.

So why pick on just the GST?

Muslims and Malaysians in the UK needed to pay 20% value-added tax (VAT), which also existed in many other countries.

Why don’t they protest and refuse to pay the GST on ‘religious grounds’ and cite civil rights and freedom of religion as the reason?

These people are just using the GST as a political issue.

It demonstrates that they were bankrupt of issues.

Singapore’s GST is 7%.

Yet Malaysians go there to spend their money.

Raja Sara Petra is a MO reader and a political commentator. Raja Sara understands that every Malaysian, like the three generations of her family before her, must do their bit for Malaysia. Although she was from what can be considered as an elite family, she empathises with the difficulties most Malaysians have to endure in their daily lives.