GEORGE TOWN, May 14 – Incoming Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng today said circulars on social media claiming that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) would abolished from June 1 were fake, saying he has no authority to do so.
Purportedly issued by the Ministry of Finance as the bogus letter bears the crest of the ministry, it claimed that the federal government would remove the tax as a Hari Raya gift for the people. He said he has not been sworn-in as minister at this time but said the GST would be definitely repealed as promised in the election manifesto.
“Only the prime minister can issue such circulars as of now and I checked with the PM, and he did not issue such instruction. But this does not meant we will not get rid of the GST,” Lim told reporters at the Khazanah Nasional office at China Street Ghaut here today.
Lim said he was also upset that an old fake tweet claiming that he would abolish the Universiti Teknologi Mara was making its rounds again. He said his officers would be lodging police reports on the fake tweet and the GST circular soon.