Prime Minister Najib Razak has dismissed a suggestion by opposition lawmaker to reduce the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from 6% to 3%.
During the Question and Answer (Q&A) session at parliament, DAP Kluang lawmaker Liew Chin Tong claimed that the GST was bringing down domestic consumption.
In a response, Najib said without GST the country’s economy will be crippled.
He added it’s a negative interpretation by the opposition receiving applause from BN lawmakers.
Later at the parliament lobby, Liew expressed his disappointment over Najib’s brief reply at the parliament.
Earlier, Najib said that the government had been successful in maintaining the economic growth momentum, uplifted by strong domestic demand supported by unemployment rates and low inflation.
Najib who is also the Finance Minister predicts the gross domestic product (GDP) for 2016 is expected to be between 4 to 4.5%.