Better to continue with SST, improve on it, says Anwar

Former finance minister Anwar Ibrahim says GST is a more efficient and transparent tax system but everyone, including the lower-income group, will have to pay.

KUALA LUMPUR: Anwar Ibrahim thinks it is better for the government to maintain the sales and services tax (SST).

“To my mind, I think we should proceed with the SST, improve where necessary and make the necessary adjustments rather than changing it again.

“Change is going to be a problem as seen in the last six months when SST was implemented,” he said during the question-and-answer session at the Lawasia Constitutional and Rule of Law Conference 2019 here today.

Anwar, who is also the Port Dickson MP, was asked whether the goods and services tax (GST) should be reintroduced.

Without doubt, he said, GST was considered a more efficient and transparent tax system.

“But everyone has to pay, including the lower-income group, and that is not fair to them,” he added.