A group of parents are up in arms over what they claim to be an unlawful collection of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in some Chinese schools.
According to NST Online, the parents, through Persatuan Jaringan Ibu Bapa Pencinta Pendidikan Bahasa Zhong Hua, claimed that the latest case was at SJK(C) Tun Tan Siew Sin in Subang Jaya.
The association’s adviser, Edward Neoh Chuan Tat, speaking on behalf of the parents, said it had received a letter from the school dated Jan 23 informing parents that they needed to pay RM14 for Bahasa Malaysia extra classes and RM22 for teaching and learning courseware, including 6% GST.
“We find it strange because the school is not registered for GST and educational institutions are exempt from the tax.
“Where would that money go?” the portal quoted as Neoh questioning.
He said this was not the first case of Chinese schools collecting GST.
“In May 2015, a complaint on three schools were lodged with the Customs Department.
“The department raided two of the schools and the money was given back to parents,” he said.
The schools were SJK(C) Puay Chai 2 in Bandar Utama, SJK(C) Lai Meng and SJK(C) Yuk Chai in Kuala Lumpur.
A new complaint has been lodged at the Customs Department branch office at the Old Putra Association building.
“We have submitted a complaint, and the Customs Department will investigate the matter,” Neoh said.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan advised the public to lodge a complaint to ensure investigations could be carried out.