March 23, 2015 | Posted in:GST Public Awareness
Surprisingly, Johor branch students hurled a barrage of unexpected questions focusing on sale of goods over the internet and the GST implications thereon. Another popular topic was the GST impact on goods brought back to Malaysia from overseas holiday / shopping trips, and the difference between service charge and service tax charged by restaurants.
This was a group photo shot of the speakers, the organizing committee (seated on the first row) and some of the students. It was not possible to capture the full turnout of students in a single photo.
As can be seen from these cursory photo shots, the hall was packed full with an audience crowd running into hundreds.
The GST session at the Sabah campus drew questions which posed challenges for speaker: Is GST good for us? A tough question to address, given the multi-faceted impact of GST on the populace.
Other interesting questions included: Will GST be chargeable on rental of houses / apartments and on food consumed in restaurants? These are all practical questions impacting day-to-day livelihoods of students and Malaysians alike. Also, questions were raised on the GST treatment of petrol. This was very timely given that the prime minister had recently announced zero-rated status for RON95 petrol (but not RON97) during Budget 2015.