LAST_UPDATESat, 23 Jun 2018 10am

518 GST-Related Complaints In Selangor Since June 1

SHAH ALAM: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry in Selangor received 518 complaints regarding non-compliance to the zero-rating for the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

The ministry’s Selangor enforcement chief Azman Adam said most of the complaints were against restaurants.

He said many of the complaints were similar, in that, despite the zero-rating for GST, the price of goods did not go down completely.

For example, he said, if before June 1 the price of a certain food item at a restaurant was RM10.60 with GST applied, then by right from June 1 onwards, the price should be RM10.

“However, these restaurant operators now charge RM10.30 or RM10.50, even though the receipt says GST is zero-rated.

“Yesterday (Tuesday), we issued a notice to a fast food restaurant when we found just such a case,” he told reporters during a check by ministry enforcement officers on the prices of controlled items during Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Section 13, here.

Azman reminded traders and business operators to ensure that the prices of their goods and services were brought down accordingly following the zero-rating of GST beginning this month.

“Yes, they have been given until the end of the month, but this involves only signboards which state the prices. This is because, for instance, there may be many items at a supermarket, let’s say, so it may take a while to change the signages. But the prices themselves should be lowered immediately.”

Azman said Selangor enforcement officers had so far conducted checks at 2,525 premises registered with the Customs Department for GST previously.

He reminded traders and business operators to follow all stipulations or face action under Section 14 of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act.

“Individuals found to flout the act can be fined up to RM100,000 for the first offence and up to RM250,000 for subsequent offences, aside from being liable to a jail term of up to three years.

“For companies, the fine is RM500,000 for the first offence and up to RM1 million for subsequent offences,” he said.

Azman urged anyone with complaints to contact the ministry via the EZ Adu mobile application or any of the ministry’s offices.