Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Not worried about the GST, more worried about loose tongues

Interesting report from The Malaysian Insider the rabid anti BN portal though not as rabid as M'kini, I hope depa tak ada tambah-tambah lauk:

Rosmah hopes home services charges post-GST will not hurt housewives like her 

A guideline is needed to monitor prices of home services especially after the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the prime minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said today.
This, according to the president of the Welfare Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti), was because hairdressers, tailors and make-up artists who make house calls, had begun to increase their prices.
Highlighting this at a GST briefing in Petaling Jaya, Rosmah said she too was not spared from the predicament and had to fork out RM1,200 each time she had to dye her hair at home.
"It is really hard to make tailored clothes these days. Their prices come up to RM500, and I am speaking as a representative of a housewife that buys made-to-order clothes.
"We have to make beautiful clothes to attend functions, but the prices are way too high. For those who can afford, it's alright.
"But what about housewives like us, with no income?" she said during the briefing, which was attended by other wives of ministers and deputy ministers (Bakti).
Rosmah complained that the charges for hairdressers, tailors and make-up artists who make house calls were "really high" and "did not make sense".
She said that housewives like herself, who had no choice but to use their services, often became victims and were burdened with exorbitant prices.
"Housewives, especially, often become the victims to such traders because there is no price control and guidelines by the government on house call services," she said.
Despite stumbling oil prices, Rosmah said that these errant business people have refused to lower the prices for their services.
"Do we (housewives) have to keep asking our husbands then? For those who have husbands who don't mind giving (money), it's fine. But sometimes, there are husbands who say 'hey, I gave you last week and you want more?'
"So I feel that we should monitor these things as they will make exorbitant profits," Rosmah added.
She also said that traders, who provided services at clients' homes, were usually those who worked independently and who are not likely to register for the GST.
"Tailors and hairdressers will not register but we don't want them to increase the charge for their services."
The prime minister's wife claimed that she did not want to make a big deal or "too much noise" over this issue as some might say that even her husband is quiet about the issue but noted that this was "reality".
"When the prices of these services increase by RM200 we feel the pinch and if we complain, I am just afraid that they wouldn't want to make our clothes. And it is hard for us as wives of civil servants," she said.
Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan, who gave the briefing on the GST, said that many were still confused with the implementation of the consumption tax, thinking that it would cause prices of goods to increase.
"That is not right. People think that when the GST is implemented, the prices of goods, such as furniture, electrical items and clothes will go up but in fact, it would decrease.
"This is because the current total sales (10%) and services tax (6%) is 16%  but GST is only 6%, which would mean the prices of goods will fall," he said.
Speaking to reporters later, the deputy minister said that Bakti's call for control in services tax for house calls was a good suggestion and will be considered.
"It is a good suggestion and I believe the relevant ministry, the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry will look into this," he added. – February 23, 2015.
I am not worried about the GST, having worked and holidayed overseas in many countries,  I know its one Tax System which will benefit Malaysian as a whole despite whatever negatives that its detractors want to say.

I am more worried that the Prime Minister's wife is talking extravagance here...RM1200 for a hairdo? That sounds a wee bit luxurious when our minimum monthly income is what? RM900 kan.

I am lost for words, I just wish Prime Minister's wife's speeches be vetted by Government officials, I do not think she should be allowed to say whatever she wanted to say...not in public anyway.....it could be disastrous to the Husband and his Government.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Are we sure we can trust malaysianinsider reporting on this?