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He said its im­ple­men­ta­tion had helped save the coun­try’s econ­omy.

Na­jib, who i s also f i nance min­is­ter, was re­spond­ing to a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion from Liew Chin Tong (DAP-Klu­ang) on how the gov­ern­ment plans to in­crease do­mes­tic de­mand, that Liew says has de­clined due to GST.

“That is al­ways the neg­a­tive in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Op­po­si­tion,” said Na­jib.

Later at the Par­lia­ment lobby, Liew said re­duc­ing GST to spur lo­cal de­mand and con­sump­tion is sound eco­nom­ics.

He said the econ­omy is pri­mar­ily driven by do­mes­tic de­mand and con­sump­tion and Na­jib should not have dis­missed his views.

“Do­mes­tic de­mand had slowed due to GST. With fall­ing oil prices and de­pre­ci­a­tion of the ring­git, do­mes­tic de­mand is even lower,” he said.

Liew said GST did not save the econ­omy as Na­jib claimed, but merely pro­vided more funds for the gov­ern­ment and the Trea­sury.

To a ques­tion by Dr Tan Seng Giaw (DAP-Ke­pong) on the cur­rent

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