Today marks 100 days since Pakatan Harapan’s iconic win in #GE14.
Prior to the elections, Pakatan Harapan (PH) had issued a manifesto of 10 promises they promised to fulfill within the first 100 days of its government, if they win. Some of these promises affect the youth.
Let’s be real, the young people played a big role in giving PH the opportunity to take over the Malaysian government, and this is the first time in history any opposition force has taken control of our government. The best part? They did it without trouble erupting.
But I have to say, as a young Malaysian, I am not entirely happy — far from it, actually. We were promised a lot of things before PH took over and now we’re only asking one question: “Have those promises been fulfilled, and if they haven’t, why? And how long are you going to take to do it?”
Okay, I get it, 100 days is not enough to fix 60 years of mismanagement. I know you will need more time. But some things are more important than others. And you should also give us a definite idea as to what will happen. We also need more details, especially for things that you’ve already implemented.
I am grateful to have the freedom to express my concerns and woes.
Now, here’s what I think about some of your specific promises:
1. Abolish the GST and take steps to reduce cost of living
It was reported on May 16, 2018 by NST online that Malaysia’s goods and services tax (GST) would be reduced to 0% from June 1, 2018.
The Finance Ministry went on to add, “All registered traders must follow the decision of the zero rate now. At the same time, registered businesses are still subjected to all current regulations.”’
Related: What Does 0% GST Really Mean For Us?
However, in June 2018, the government had announced their plan to reintroduce the Sales and Services Tax (SST), which will come into effect on September 1, 2018. According to The Star Online, the decision to revert to SST will result in a higher disposable income, because goods and services will become cheaper.
iMoney has gone on to report that both the Sales Tax and Services Tax bills passed through the Dewan Rakyat, and will be headed for a reading by the Dewan Negara.
Props to Dr Mahathir and the team who started working on abolishing GST as soon as PH won the elections. Within the span of two weeks, the government reduced the GST rate to 0%. Now things are ever so slightly cheaper.
What about SST, though? What are their plans for it? Why hasn’t there been any news on what the percentage is going to be and who is going to be affected by it? Will all business be charging SST or only the ones who earn a certain amount per annum? So many unanswered questions that need to be answered and we’re running out of time. SST is set to be implemented on September 1, 2018. Are they waiting till August 31, 2018 to answer all our questions?