KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 2 – There is positive reaction from the public as they laud the decision on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rebates for prepaid cards describing the move as a new year’s gift. Sharing the joy was retail shop owner Mohd Adam Mohd Rusly, 42, who believed the move by the government and telecommunication companies was something that consumers had been waiting for.
He said he was overjoyed and thankful for its implementation as this in a way helps to reduce his expenditure and save some extra money. In the meantime, this also truly shows that the concerned for their well-being. He told this to the reporters here on Friday. Also on the same page with Mohd Adam was A-Level student Tan Li Ann, 18, who said that with the rebate she could now enjoy the maximum usage of her service provider which she once had to forgo.
Tan said as a student phone usage is highly essential as they need to get information on the go and definitely the constraint could really be felt when GST was applied for prepaid cards. In line with the government’s announcement during the Budget 2016 in October, telecommunication companies will give rebates to individual prepaid customers who are Malaysian nationals, for one year throughout 2016.
The rebate equivalent to the GST amount will be credited directly to their prepaid accounts, from Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2016. In Kelantan, private sector worker Rosmizan Rosdi, 26, said with the rebate she would have more time to talk to her family and friends on the phone.
She said she allocate RM50 to buy prepaid reload every month where RM36 is used to subscribe for a broadband data and the rest to contact her family and friends. Rosmizan’s friend Nurul Akmal Aida Sohaimi, 26, said the government should retain the rebate payment and not enforce it for just one year because mobile phones were becoming essential to society, especially the youth.
In Johor, a food stall worker in Muar, Salmah Omar, 55, said the move proved that the government was concerned over the rising cost of living shouldered by the people. In Penang, telecommunications shop owner Abdul Jabar Ibrahim Shah, 43, said the implementation of the rebate would not affect prepaid card business.
In Kedah, state Youth Council president Mohd Aizad Roslan suggested that the same move be introduced to postpaid users. In Perak, a teacher Mohamad Amar Yahya, 33, thanked the government and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and hoped that more measures would be announced to help people cope with the rising cost of living.
Meanwhile, in Hulu Terengganu, Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari said stern action would be taken against any party that failed to implement the GST rebates. He said telecommunication companies that failed to comply with the Guidelines on Registration of End-Users of Prepaid Public Cellular Services would also be penalised.
“Starting Friday, the ministry through the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will start monitoring the implementation of the prepaid rebates. Malaysian customers will pay RM10 for a prepaid card and when it is activated, they will get an airtime of RM9.43, then 57 sen rebate will be credited within 24 hours,” he told reporters after handing over food aid to 70 flood victims here.