Malaysians need positivities, Penang Gerakan
24 Jul 2014, 3:58 PM
Penang Gerakan Secretary Oh Tong Keong urged Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to be more positive for Malaysians to face the national crisis in unity. “All of us, both BN and PR, are obliged to unite all rakyat. Political differences should be left aside for the moment,” Oh said.
A local Chinese daily quoted Lim’s speech at a temple event saying corruption leads to implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Oh in his statement pointed out that GST is implemented in many top countries having the lowest Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), such as Singapore, Hong Kong, and Australia.
Oh said that Lim has been claiming that he was accounting graduate from Australia. “How could he say that GST is implemented because of corruption, and yet it is implemented in more than 140 countries worldwide?” Oh lamented.
Oh also reminded Lim that the DAP-led Penang state government also implemented Hotel Room Levy, Plastic Bag Fee and etc. “Does that means the state government is corrupted too?” Oh added.
Oh also suggest Lim to clearly explain, instead of smearing at the implementation of GST to rakyat.
GST lowers business cost via the input tax system, while exported goods are exempted from GST. “Our businesses will be more competitive and consumers will pay fairer prices,” Oh added.
Oh in his statement emphasised that political leaders from both sides should put aside our political differences so the government can focus on handling the aftermath of MH17 incident.
“It is of no good for the country and the families of MH17 victims, if politicians choose to stir emotions at this moment,” Oh added.