The caretaker Chief Minister must bear full responsibility for the implementation of GST in Sarawak because not only did he support it but his 25 BN Sarawak MPs also voted in support of the consumption tax in Parliament.
PRESS STATEMENT Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem should show proof that I had ever said that DAP would abolish GST in Sarawak if it wins the state election. If he cannot show proof, Adenan is not trustworthy.
Already, he’s willing to abuse power to prevent opposition leaders from Peninsular Malaysia from entering Sarawak. He’s now making false claims.
I am disappointed that on my last day in Sarawak before being forced by Adenan to leave, I had to be shocked by a “wild and baseless challenge” to abolish GST in Penang. Adenan thinks that this is the only way to prove that DAP would abolish GST in Sarawak if it wins the state election on May 7.
I never made any claims on GST on behalf of my party. I never said that DAP would abolish GST in Sarawak if it wins the state election.
We should punish Barisan Nasional (BN) and Adenan for allowing GST to be implemented, bringing hardship to the people.
GST was so cruel by taxing poor people together with the rich. Even state governments and local councils have to pay GST for road and public work projects.
GST, as a Federal law, can only be abolished by Parliament. However, Adenan must bear full responsibility for the implementation of GST in Sarawak because not only did he support it but his 25 BN Sarawak MPs also voted in support of the consumption tax in Parliament.
Even though state governments cannot abolish GST, Penang has tried to reduce the burden of the people enjoying local council services such as parking and rental of public halls by paying GST on their behalf. This has caused our two local councils, MBPP and MPSP, to come out with an extra RM20 million annually in making GST payments to the Federal Government.
Such payments contribute towards the RM39 billion GST collected annually by the Federal Government. GST saved it from bankruptcy caused by BN’s failed policies, misrule and mismanagement as well as the various financial scandals such as the RM50 billion 1MDB Scandal.
In other words, the people would normally have to pay GST for car parking or renting halls. Instead this GST cost is borne by the local councils, costing the local councils or the state government RM20 million per year, that will benefit the Federal Government.
Instead of working together with the Penang and Selangor Governments to oppose the implementation of GST on government services and public projects like roads and drains, Adenan continues to support the consumption tax.
Lim Guan Eng
Penang Chief Minister