GEORGE TOWN, April 10 – The issue of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on prepaid mobile reload coupons will be resolved by next month, the Customs Department has assured. Its director-general Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad said telco operators will sit down in a meeting later this month to solve the matter ‘once and for all’. “We hold a special meeting with the telecommunication operators to resolve the issue amicably and once and for all,” he said.
Khazali was responding to traders who have stopped selling reload coupons over apparent confusion on the GST. It was reported that many shops have run ‘out of stock’ as many had refused to replenish their reload coupon stock. Checks at several automated-teller machines had found the option to buy reload coupons were no longer available.
Several telco providers had increased the price of their reload coupons after the GST was implemented on Apr 1. The prices of reload coupons have gone higher after the GST. For example, consumers reload RM10 into their phones would have to pay RM10.60. However, after discussion with the Customs, telco providers have agreed to offer free minutes and text messaging for those who topped-up RM5 and above.