SST is a source of rev­enue for the coun­try

The Star Malaysia - - Views - LIMLI Petaling Jaya

WE all feel the pinch when we have to pay taxes – in­come tax, sales and ser­vice tax, real prop­erty gains tax and so on. But if we un­der­stand the im­por­tance of taxes as a source of rev­enue to our coun­try, we may feel a lit­tle bet­ter.

Gov­ern­ments around the world col­lect taxes to fund pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion, health­care and in­fra­struc­ture, plus the op­er­a­tion of pub­lic ser­vices such as the po­lice, im­mi­gra- tion and courts of law. Malaysia is no dif­fer­ent. What mat­ters is that the col­lec­tion of taxes is fairly im­ple­mented and taxes col­lected are put to their in­tended use for the good of the coun­try – and not pil­fered.

Take the ex­am­ple of the SST. The Pakatan Hara­pan gov­ern­ment kept its promise and abol­ished GST, which taxed prac­ti­cally ev­ery­one, rich or poor. But it had to quickly find an­other source of rev­enue, es­pe­cially in the light of the gap­ing holes in the coun­try’s fi­nances left by the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment.

I cer­tainly hope that the rakyat will not al­low this is­sue of tax to be politi­cised. Let us pay our fair share of taxes, happy in the knowl­edge that it can help re­build our coun­try.

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