Whose job is it to advocate the understanding of the consumption tax?

The UMNO Information Chief and Deputy Minister of Finance Ahmad Hj Maslan

The UMNO Information Chief and Deputy Minister of Finance Ahmad Hj Maslan

The test of the pudding is in the eating. No matter how it is being presented or the story behind it, the true acceptance of the food is in the acceptance in the mouth and eventually, as it slides down the throat.

Pro-Anwarista news portal story:

Now, Ahmad Maslan tells Dr M, critics to learn about GST

BY LOOI SUE-CHERN

Published: 29 April 2015 3:44 PM

Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan has hit out at former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, asking him to check the Customs website to learn more about the GST. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 29, 2015.
Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan has hit out at former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, asking him to check the Customs website to learn more about the GST. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 29, 2015.
Datuk Ahmad Maslan today told his critics including former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to learn about the goods and services tax (GST).

The deputy finance minister, who has been criticised several times over his remarks on the tax, also hit out at Perlis Mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainal Abidin and academician Associate Professor Datuk Dr Mohamad Agus Yusof.

The duo had earlier this week criticised Ahmad Maslan for saying that Dr Mahathir did not understand the GST.

Dr Mahathir had also been calling for the GST to be scrapped.
“Dr Asri and Dr Agus don’t understand the GST, just like Dr Mahathir. That is all I can say.

“I hope those who advise and report to Dr Mahathir will give him the right picture. Don’t give him wrong information,” he told reporters at a press conference at the Communication and Multimedia Ministry media centre on Permatang Pauh.

“‘Kesian orang tua tu’ (pity the old man),” he told reporters at a press conference at the Barisan Nasional media centre in Permatang Pauh.

Ahmad Maslan said the GST had brought tax rates down, such as for individual income and corporate taxes.

He said if Dr Mahathir, Asri and Agus knew about that, he believed they would also support the GST.

“So for Dr Agus and Dr Asri, I recommend you learn more about the GST before you call me stupid and so on,” he said.

When asked if he wanted them to take lessons from him, he replied: “Not necessary. It is enough for them to check the website that explains how GST works.”

Ahmad Maslan had recently remarked that Dr Mahathir, who is a strong critic against the implementation of the GST and even suggested that it should be scrapped, did not understand the tax.

The remark drew criticisms from Asri, who posted on his Facebook that he now wondered whether a fool could be appointed to the Cabinet.

“If someone whom the majority of Malaysians perceive as ‘less intelligent’ (to avoid using the word stupid) because of his statements on GST, says that Tun Dr M, who is famous for his intellect, does not understand GST, then is the person who made that statement wiser than Tun Dr M?

“It got me thinking, in Islamic jurisprudence, a person who is safih (stupid or less intelligent) should not be allowed to manage wealth, even that of his own. So the question is, can people under this category be given the authority to manage the country’s affairs, which affect the people?

“Can the less intelligent be given important posts such as that of minister and the like?” Asri wrote in a Facebook post, without mentioning Ahmad Maslan.

Agus also posted a sarcastic statement against Ahmad Maslan on his Facebook page, suggesting that the latter and Dr Mahathir engage in a debate to determine which of them did not understand the GST.

“When Datuk Ahmad Maslan said Tun Dr Mahathir does not understand GST, I think both should have an open debate. I want to see who understands better.

“What I am sure about is GST doesn’t reduce prices of goods as claimed by Datuk Ahmad Maslan. So which of the two is the one who really doesn’t understand?” he posted.

This morning, quoting party sources, Astro Awani reported that “several Umno leaders had warned the deputy finance minister against highlighting GST issues”, especially after he was criticised on social media for his earlier statements on the new consumption tax.

However, this afternoon, Ahmad Maslan denied any such gag order, telling reporters, “I was not told by the leadership to stop talking about the tax. If I stop talking about GST, then the opposition wins.” – April 29, 2015.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/now-ahmad-maslan-tells-dr-m-critics-to-go-learn-about-gst#sthash.ldUG50L6.dpuf

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The endless banter which criss-cross online media and social network alerts simply adds the confusion into oblivion, at the expense of a new law of the exchequer, enforceable by the authority of the Parliament.

It is not withstanding the fact that it too sparingly the rather harsh humility which many finds as a novelty which amplify the stupidity and inadequacy of those who are tasked to do it.

Nevermind the endless banter who is smarter than who or the other way around. The crux of the matter the introduction and process to educate and make the general public understand on the new consumption tax, which is supposed to correct the chain of goods and sale tax previously introduced better and fairer.

Needless to mention that the GST would improve the coffer of the nation’s Treasury by probably RM15-16 billion per annum and the program to reschedule the targeted subsidy could be on the way, for a fairer delivery in Prime Minister Najib’s administration to just the equilibrium of wealth.

In essence and practice, it failed. There are hugely more percentage of people who are confused by it rather than willing to stand by Prime Minister Najib as one of the mechanism of his transformation plan.

It is obvious that the man who has been tasked on the dual role and responsibility on this as the Chief Propaganda for UMNO and Deputy Minister of Finance, failed miserably.

Both in the aspects of understanding and acceptance of the consumption tax and a material for political boon.

We are not sure how many people is willing to have it further in their throats, let alone can either stomach these clowning of a job which is supposed to be very serious.

Taxation is an accounting interpretation of a law which is as certain as mortality. Telling the story of it and making common people understand has turned out to be somewhat divine otherwise. From the books of the Lords of Court Jesters, that is.

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