Thursday, April 2, 2015

My GST Blues

Everyone has been whining and screaming at the implementation of GST. I thought that I could keep my cool until I saw several ridiculous charges. Many unscrupulous business establishments are jumping wagon to take advantage to milk and slaughter the customers.




There is a nightly steamboat truck near my home. I frequent there for quickie light supper of snacks with my wife for the last 3 years. The fatso seller charged RM1.00 for simple skewers of food. He told us he would have to comply with the GST ruling and will charge RM1.20 a stick! That's 20% increase and he never paid income tax as bragged.




This morning, I sent my car to patch a puncture on the back wheel of my car. They always charged me RM5.00 for each patch work. Today he smiled sheepishly and charged me RM6.00 per asshole! Gah!!!

On a happier note, I heard that the gaming 4-D outlets absorbed the 6%. Zalora gave 6% discounts while many others absorbed them too. In other words, they rather earn less 6% without hurting the plight of customers otherwise they would suffer if we boycott them!!

Where else should I boycott? Just tell me!


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43 comments:

  1. Those without receipts can really cut throat... this morning I went for breakie.. receipt came with 6% GST.. ok, paid.. then I went to Padini Store.. bought a blouse for RM39... thought got GST.. but they absorbed... GOOD... can go buy from there next time.. :) Drink coconut water.. still 3 per biji.. OK, good.. but went car wash.. RM12 became RM15!! That is NO GOOD!

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    1. Oh I love your comments! You are the most reliable frequent shopper in town and they would cry if you chose to boycott them! Your car wash session really washed away your spirits & trust on them! BOYCOTT!!!!!!

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  2. If they charge 6% more for GST, you must insist for a tax invoice. If they don’t have a tax invoice, you can report them. But this few days, we just close an eye.. For two days, two restaurants charged additional 6% on their handwritten receipt, we requested for a tax invoice, they said don’t have, system not ready, bla bla bla..

    By right, we can report them, but we just close an eye and be more cincai a bit.. We couldn’t take the bill to claim company, because it must be addressed to our company name instead of “no name” in the receipt, we didn’t want to make a fuss, so we just paid the bill and shared among ourselves when we got back to the office.

    With or without GST, all the items already increase price.. With GST, lagi increase another 6%, that’s what I think..

    For example, they say mihun is tax exempted but in the receipt there’s no GST stated, but the price of mihun is the mini mart already increased (due to the supplier fee la, transportation fee la, bla bla bla)..

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  3. Good afternoon TM... Raining in Singapore...

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  4. Your country GST is 6%, my country GST is 7%...

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    1. yes, SG's GST is 1% more than MY, but SG's per capita income is 5 times of MY (RM197,000 vs RM37,000).. what say you?? :)

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  5. This morning, saw from newspaper, Malaysia Prime Minister visited the supermarket yesterday...

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  6. If they charge you more due to GST, then you must insist on a receipt/tax invoice. If they are not able to produce a receipt/tax invoice, chances are they are not GST registered. You can make a report to Kastam.

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  7. Government grab $, rakyat also learn lo

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  8. I don't agree with the implementation of GST not just cause price increased, my workload also increased. I used to busy once every year for submission of accounts to the auditor, now I busy every three months for the GST submission. Damn!

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  9. yeah, this must be the hot topic of the nation.. not only all of us need to pay more for the 6% GST, we also need to brave the unreasonable increases of prices taking the GST as an excuse!!

    i have to say, while millions of the taxpayers' money were spent to erect huge bulletin boards to educate us about GST using B&W cartoons sending vague messages, introducing almost incomprehensible jargons at the official websites and organizing confusing trainings that make people even more confused, many things are still in a grey area.. i really have to thank FB for allowing the people to share experience and knowledge, i finally know more about the GST.. we do not need to know more, but just tell us, make things simple and straight to the point.. i quote former International Trade Minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, apa tarak/tak boleh ada GST?? give us a list, so that we know we are not cheated if we are being charged GST by those unethical businesses!! yes, we all know GST is inevitable, at least we know how we can at least protect our basic rights..

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  10. i am prepared for price increases after GST is implemented.. though some items are exempted from GST, still it only means we don't need to pay that extra 6% when we get the bill, but it does not mean nor even the law prohibited the increase in price.. things are not as straight forward as Raw Material A -> Product A -> Merchandise A in real, where the value chain is one dimensional, in this case yes, no GST really means no GST.. but in real, the value chain involves more we can see from the simple supply chain, and there remains many areas questionable whether there is tax and whether there is loophole for businesses to increase the price.. okay, no GST for my products, then i don't charge GST but i have to increase the price since my electricity, water, petrol, packaging materials etc are not GST'ed.. in the end, the burden all falls on the people..

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  11. so in your case, 20-sen increased for a RM1.00 look-look.. how is the increase justified?? a glass or barley ais increased 20-sen to RM1.70, doubled the GST rate - yes, Barley is subjected to GST, but how much is 6% on a packet of barley, and how many cups of barley can a packet make??

    and GIRO fees that Banks charges.. 6% on the 10-sen fees is 0.6-sen, but the Bank rounded that up to 1-sen, which makes us pay an effective GST of 10%.. so, are the Banks going to honestly file the 1-sen collected, or they would actually follow the regulated 6% on total fees and then quietly enjoys that 4% extra they parked as other moneys?? imagine how many interbank transfers are made in a day..

    sorry for the ranting, you started this and i can have more to stay.. but then, blame myself to be born in the Bolehland..

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    1. I made a transfer today and yes, they rounded up to 1 cent.. Ok I'm thinking if I choose instant transfer RM2.00, they will remain RM2.12 or round DOWN to RM2.10?

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    2. RM2.12 is still RM2.12 without round-down, as this is cashless and not over-the-counter transaction, the cents are to the exact.. come on, you are dealing with Banks, dream on about getting "jack-so" from them..

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  12. well twilight man... in my case, it is a 10% GST in Aussie!
    It is tough to even live a normal life these days. Think twice before you order your next nasi lemak!

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  13. I went to two coffee shop, both charge GST but only one gave the receipt and the other did not. I think if you ask for a receipt they will just ask you to leave. As for reporting them to customs, don't think it is worth the effort for an old coffee shop. If you are really not satisfied, then just boycott the shops that charge more but do not give a receipt with a valid GST reg. number.

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  14. Most of our products has little profit so we need to comply with the GST. But some herbal items has more profit, so we absorb it. If a company is not GST registered, it can't charge its customers the 6% tax.

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  15. Just be extra careful even though there is a bill with 6% GST check carefully for the GST registered number at the top of bill. A friend shared her bill in whatsapp without any number like this...(GST No.[blank]) which clearly tells us very likely have not registered.

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  16. Sigh, GST is affecting everyone...

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  17. oh my, my favourite loklok went up price!

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  18. It is inevitable that GST causes increases in the prices of goods and products because even if that product is exempted from GST, it does not its raw materials or inputs are not exempted from GST

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  19. I've been seeing a lot of rantings in FB lately. Guess we Singaporeans are already used to GST. Hahaha!

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  20. http://fb.com/bizwithnogst is a good reference for businesses that absorb GST

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  21. I also dunno whether got cheated when I arrived from Sg. All the usual stuffs seems increased.

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  22. After I went to AEON for grocery run today, what I can conclude is, the direct GST is the least of our concern. It is those hidden price hikes indirectly caused by GST (Greedy Supplier and Traders) that are more damning. For example, my chicken breast pack. It used to be about RM 7 for a slab of 400g breast. Today I paid RM 8.80 for 402g of chicken breast. Yes, GST exempt, and they really did not charge me GST for it, so I can hardly go and complain the RM 1.80 increase in price can I?

    That's why to me, when the government says we can report unscrupulous shop owners that charge GST wrongly, it is a load of bollocks. The real problem is the base price of things being increased unscrupulously, with or without GST.

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  23. Sounds like what is always happening in our country... Our Administration is constantly TAXING us for every little thing we buy... AND--they are secretive about it most of the time--not telling us that they have added a tax... Costs everywhere in our country have REALLY risen the past several years while our Government bigshots spend more and more money on frivolous things... We have SUCH a problem here with no real leadership and yet, they make rules and regulations for us like they were kings or emperors. We here in the USA are supposed to be a free country with a Government to keep us safe, and NOT to 'rule' our lives... It's terrible what has happened here... SO---I know what you are going through.. NOT FAIR.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  24. Hi! On the other hand. It is said there is no interest tax in your country. Your country looks like a heaven for us. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. LOL! The examples you quoting are cute *smiling sheepishly*

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  26. Zalora is giving 6% discount? ok i go shopping now! bye!

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  27. I receive lots of emails from Zalora lately, a bit irritating la, haha, might want to unsubscribe already :p

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  28. My oh my, the GST really make me headache especially on working side as we have do make a lot of preparation to "welcome" it, damn troublesome!

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  29. errr...how to boycott tayar shop ah?? sendiri patch ka? The loklok can omit from eating la. but tayar wor

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  30. now tambah lagi with abolish service charge...lagi confuse...say those have workers agreement then no need to abolish...those who dont have...have to abolish...so apa macam...before pay service charge have to ask them show us see if they have agreement or not ka then baru pay service charge inclusive of 6% on top of service charge?

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  31. But after a few months, I think everyone will get used to the GST. Then people will forget about it, life will go on as usual and the people benefitting from the GST will laugh all the way to the bank.

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  32. How do I subscribe to your blog?

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  33. It is not GST we despise, but we are going to give our money to very low-quality government who keeps on wasting our money~

    That chicken bought a plane and changed road names, etc... all so pointless....

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  34. You should boycott Sushi Queen. My friend showed the receipt in her FB. Each plate charges 6% then total bill also charges 6%. This is called double charged la! I boycott Sushi Queen.

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  35. Just in case you want to do home improvement during lazy nerves cell snoozing, Mr DIY hardware store said they absorb the god damn gst

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  36. GST...no eyes see...that wheel also got GST...speechless lo.. =.=

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  37. I have been whinning over this new implementation. My paid has not increased yet lots of things have increased their prices. *cut throat la**Hmmmm...spend wisely.

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