SST is a source of revenue for the country
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.