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Rahimy Rahim
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

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Malaysia mulls colour-coded labels for items that are GST-exempt

The Star/ANN | Rahimy Rahim | Friday, Oct 17, 2014

SEPANG - The Government is considering using colour-coded labels on items that have been exempted from Goods and Services Tax (GST).

"The proposed labels will be similar to the tags used during Deepavali and Hari Raya celebrations," DomesticTrade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek said.

"We appreciate positive feedback such as this," he said, adding that the ministry would study how the proposal could be implemented.

He said this after an official visit to the Kuala Lumpur Airport 2 (KLIA2), here, yesterday.

Hasan was responding to the suggestion made by former MTUC president Tan Sri Zainal Rampak to colour code items to avoid abuse and cheating by traders.

On Tuesday, the Government unveiled some 900 items that will be zero-rated and exempted from GST come April next year.

Among the zero-rated items are local and imported fruits, white bread, noodles and coffee and tea powder.

On a separate matter, Hasan said the ministry's enforcement division had conducted 1.37 million checks nationwide on price-controlled essential items as at Oct 10.

He said the ministry also acted on 4,960 offences and seized RM920,429.55 (S$356,657) worth of items, while compound fines totalling RM250,130 were collected.

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