The GST remains controversial in political circles and among the general public, arguably playing a large part in Barisan Nasional’s loss in the 14th General Election. But experts, including economists and the World Bank, as well as industry players broadly support the tax. Figuring into the government’s thinking could be a recent Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) survey showing companies strongly in favour of reintroducing the GST.
That being said, rumours of GST’s imminent return have been floating around for a while now – even last year, when some said it could be inserted into Budget 2021. And yet here we are, with no GST in sight. When the government will be finished with all its ‘studying’ is truly anyone’s guess.