Media Statement by Lau Weng San in Petaling Jaya on Sunday, 14th March 2010:
GST forum in PJ – More information despite Federal Government putting off GST for second reading in upcoming Parliament session
The Kampung Tunku State Assemblyman Service Centre will be organizing a forum on GST entitled "No To More Taxes, No To GST" on 17th March 2010, Wednesday in Crystal Crown Hotel, Petaling Jaya.
The Federal Goverment has already tabled the GST bill in the parliament for first reading during the previous parliament session intended to implement GST in mid 2011. GST has been heavily criticised as a repressive taxation system which will have an effect on all people. That means all citizens despite varying income level are entitled to pay GST on all purchases except on certain items.
Although the Second Finance Minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah announced yesterday that the Federal Government will put off the tabling of the controversial for Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill for second reading when Parliament resumes its sitting on Monday as the Federal Government needs more time to gather feedback from the people and.
Still, we believe that the people deserve more information on the implementation of GST as its implementation is just a matter of time. We shall not forget that the idea of implementing GST was first tabled by the Federal Government under the then Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2006.
This is another round of public forum organised by Pakatan Rakyat to enlighten the people on the adverse effect of GST.
Invited panelists are Tony Pua (DAP MP for PJ Utara), Lim Kit Siang (DAP MP for Ipoh Timur), Charles Santiago (DAP MP for Klang), Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (PAS MP for Kuala Selangor) and Sdr Rafizi Ramli (Chief of Selangor State Government Economic Advisor Office).
The forum is open to all and my office will also be registering new voters, old folks and new born babies programme by the Selangor Government etc. For details, please contact my office at 03-78754724.
* Lau Weng San, DAP Selangor Secretary & ADUN for Kampung Tunku