Cuepacs hails tax re­lief for elec­tronic items

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PETALING JAYA: The Congress of Unions of Em­ploy­ees in the Pub­lic and Civil Ser­vice (Cuepacs) wel­comed the in­clu­sion of elec­tronic items in the list of life­style items el­i­gi­ble for tax re­lief.

Its pres­i­dent Datuk Azih Muda said the re­lief, which ex­tents to smart­phones, tablets, in­ter­net sub­scrip­tions and gym­na­sium fees, stands to ben­e­fit the civil ser­vants in their du­ties. “It will will in­crease their pro­duc­tiv­ity, in­clud­ing their health,” he told theSun yes­ter­day.

“Ini­tially, we were un­happy be­cause our ap­peal to have a twom­onth bonus was not in­cluded. How­ever, there have been im­prove­ments as on July 1, civil ser­vants were given a one-off salary in­cre­ment which will come into ef­fect next year. This is some­thing new be­cause we would usu­ally re­ceive an an­nual salary in­crease only.”

The Fed­er­a­tion of Malaysian Con­sumers As­so­ci­a­tions (Fomca) ap­plauded the move to in­crease ac­ces­si­bil­ity to higher loans for the Peruma­han Rakyat 1Malaysia (PR1MA), where first-time home­buy­ers can bor­row up to RM295,000.

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