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115 Items Are Now 41% More Expensive After SST, Says Domestic Trade Deputy Minister

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Domestic Trade Minister: Prices Of 115 Items Have Increased By 41% After Sst - World Of Buzz 2
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With the Sales and Services Tax (SST) already implemented, Malaysians everywhere are expecting more affordable prices. While the prices of some items have evidently gone down, it appears that the opposite is happening for other goods.

According to Free Malaysia Today, the prices of 115 out of 417 items have increased by between 0.09% and 41.65%, after the implementation of SST.

Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Chong Chieng Jen brought up these statistics at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday (17th October) when he was asked to explain the high prices of items despite switching to SST.

Apart from that, he mentioned that however, nearly 70 per cent (291) of items saw a decrease in prices by 0.11 to 37.61 per cent, while 11 other items did not experience a change in prices between May and September 2018. 

Domestic Trade Minister: Prices Of 115 Items Have Increased By 41% After Sst - World Of Buzz

Source: roketkini

According to Chong, this information was obtained from a price survey that was done on 417 household items categorised as fresh produce (136), dry goods (25), packaged, tinned and bottled items (159), drinks (25), baby products (49) and hygiene products (23).

The deputy minister added, “The ministry predicts the prices of these items will show a more significant change when stocks from September are on the market. We will continue to monitor the changes in prices of consumer goods to ensure that these prices remain affordable.”

Domestic Trade Minister: Prices Of 115 Items Have Increased By 41% After Sst - World Of Buzz 1

Source: ringgit plus

However, tensions soon rose when Chong told the House that 146 notices were issued to traders suspected of making unfair profits, with about 100 of them reportedly violating regulations, according to The Star.

Datuk Ahmad Maslan (BN-Pontian) then called for another price survey to be carried out since the present survey Chong cited was done during the three-month tax holiday after the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was zero-rated and SST was not yet implemented. He added that the survey was also based on manufacturers’ previous supply of items. This sparked a brief shouting match between Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan MPs.

In response to Ahmad Mazlan’s statement, Chong said that he already clarified how it was too early to properly examine the effect of SST on prices just yet.

What are your thoughts on this? Have you noticed any increase or decrease in prices of goods since SST was implemented? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Also read: M’sians Can Now Make SST-Related Complaints to KPDNKK via WhatsApp

You Can Now Complain To Kpdnkk Through Whatsapp Regarding Sst, Here's How - World Of Buzz


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