PEKAN: Prime Minister Najib Razak today announced that the goods and services tax (GST) exemption on prepaid card reloads will be maintained for next year.
Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said the measure was to ease the burden of the people as many mobile phone users, especially the youth depended on the prepaid telecommunications services (prepaid card).
He announced this during a media conference after a visit to the Pekan GiatMara Centre in Bandar Peramu here.
Under the GST improvement measures implemented late last year, the government excluded GST charges on prepaid added-value phone cards, effective Jan 1 until Dec 31 this year.
Meanwhile Najib denied that his busy schedule today was because of the 14th general election.
“No…no…I returned 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 have reached 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.
He had a hectic schedule today, attending nine programmes from 10am to 7.30pm, namely the Pahang Chinese Association dinner at Hotel Zenith, Kuantan.
In another development, Najib said the crisis in Aleppo, Syria needed a political solution.
“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.
“These is no winning side in this crisis, only those who will be adversely affected by the conflict in Syria,” he said, adding that western powers should also think of ways to solve the conflict.
On his visit to the Pekan GiatMara Centre, Najib said he hoped relevant institutions would come forward to provide culinary courses and that if they did, he would provide additional equipment and supplies.
He said the centre was important as it was developing skills and providing a more secure future for course participants.
Six areas of training are provided at the 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. -FMT