GEORGETOWN, April 29 – Penang Government will have to spend out RM46.25 million this year to pay for the Goods and Services Tax (GST), said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. The Penang lawmaker said that the total GST to be paid is for infrastructure projects, development projects and the state’s other expenditure.
In the breakdown provided by CM Lim, the state government has to pay RM16.29 million for its management and development expenditure for 2015. Besides that, the Penang City Island Council (MBPP) will have to pay RM14.4 million, while the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) has to pay RM4.96 million, all for the council’s expenditures.
In the same time, there are also two other state agencies — Penang Development Corporation (PDC) and Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBA) — will have to pay RM7.5 million and RM3.1 million respectively. “These are additional costs that the state has to pay and in the end, Penangites will have to bear these costs too,” he said.
Meanwhile, the allegations raised during the Permatang Pauh campaign of the lack of development in the federal constituency. “We will counter these allegations with facts, so I would like to point out we distributed about RM8.179 million to Permatang Pauh residents between 2009 and April 2015,” he said. The RM8.179 million was distributed under Pakatan Rakyat’s numerous welfare programmes, such as for the hardcore poor, senior citizens, single mothers, disabled, students, newborns and housewives.