No GST for prepaid cards in 2017

Dec 18, 2016
GST will be exempted for prepaid card for 2017.
GST will be exempted for prepaid card for 2017.

Prepaid card users need not worry paying the Goods and Service Tax (GST) whenever they reload next year.

Prime Minister and Finance Minister Najib Razak has announced that GST exemption on prepaid card reloads would be continued into 2017.

Speaking to newsmen in Pekan on Saturday, he said the government measure was to ease the people’s cost burden given many mobile phone users, especially the youth, depended on prepaid telecommunications services.

The federal government had excluded GST charges on prepaid added value phone cards, effective Jan 1 until Dec 31 this year.

Najib also denied that his busy schedule on Saturday had something to do with the 14th General Election (GE14).

“No… no… I return to Pekan today for the purpose of discharging my duty as the member of Parliament, to review the effectiveness of government policies and programmes and whether they reach the target groups.

“I can see today the programmes implemented by the government really can change the living conditions of the people in Pekan and also throughout the country such as projects to build houses to address urban poverty, for instance,” said Najib, who has served as Pekan MP since 1976.

Najib GST

Najib had a hectic schedule on Saturday, attending nine programmes from as early as 10am with the last one, the Pahang Chinese Association dinner at Hotel Zenith, Kuantan, set for 7.30pm.

In another development, Najib said the crisis in Aleppo, Syria needed a political solution, which if unabated would leave a bad impact on the people.

“We are really sad about the events in Aleppo, very heart-wrenching not only among Muslims but also non-Muslims. It is a terrible humanitarian crisis,” he said.

“There is no winning side in this crisis, only those who will be adversely affected by the conflict in Syria,” he said, adding that the western powers should also think of ways to solve the conflict.

On his visit to Pekan GiatMara Centre, Najib said he hoped the relevant institutions could provide culinary courses and, for which, he was willing to provide additional equipment and supplies.

He said educational institutions such as the GiatMara Centre were important as they could develop skills and provide a more secure future for course participants.

Six areas of training are provided in Pekan GiatMara Centre, namely Pattern Cutting and Garment Production, Fashion Drawing and Design, Hair Styling and Beauty Therapy, Automotive Technology, Electrical Wiring as well as Fashion and Dressmaking. – Bernama