Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Eric See-To must advocate to abolish GST for procurements and service provided by both state and local governments

Media statement by incumbent DAP ADUN for Kampung Tunku Lau Weng San on 18th April 2018 in Petaling Jaya:

Since BN strategic communications deputy director Eric See-To has the cheek to claim that it is senseless for the Federal Government to collect Goods and Services Tax (GST) on the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project, as the government would have to pay GST back to itself, then he should also advocate for the Federal Government to abolish or waive GST on all procurements related and services provided by all thirteen state governments and hundreds of local governments in Malaysia.

This is even more pertinent and relevant when local councils in Selangor particularly, have been faithfully and diligently paying their fair share of their GST, only to find themselves dwelling into another yet long waiting list for their refunds, something that unnecessarily affects the operation of local councils in Malaysia.

A question by DAP ADUN for Balakong Eddie Ng Tien Chee on 9th November 2017 in the Selangor State Legislative Assembly revealed that all local councils in Selangor paid more than RM6.16 million as GST output taxes to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) from 1st April 2014 till July 2017.

However, the amount of GST waiting to be refunded by IRB to all 12 local councils in Selangor amounts to more than RM36 million within the same period. While we are not supplied with the latest information as of today, but such a RM30 million “deficit”, which is wholly unnecessary and manmade in nature, is certainly the last thing any government on earth will desire.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

希盟的共同標誌——藍眼


希盟上週六正式宣布在來屆大選後正式使用藍眼標誌後,馬華立即鋪天蓋地,大舉攻擊行動黨。昨天馬華總會長廖中萊甚至以“老馬重現,火箭不見”取笑行動黨,意指行動黨為了權力,放棄使用本身黨徽。

這次大選,希望聯盟四黨在年初即已經議決在來屆大選使用共同標誌。此決定一出,秘書處就已經趕緊向社團註冊局申請註冊希望聯盟及其標誌。無奈社團註冊局最終以各種理由拒絕。

直至上週五,社團註冊局發出臨時解散令給希盟其中一個成員黨——團結黨。我相信,這可能與希盟或以團結黨的大紅花標誌參選有關。如是這樣,這必定在馬來選區為巫統和國陣帶來巨大的壓力。現在團結黨已遭臨時解散,意味大紅花標誌無法成為希盟的共同標誌。

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

期待大馬旅遊業展翅高飛


馬來西亞去年1月至9月吸引1944萬名外國遊客,比2016年同時期減少1.5%。馬來西亞是眾多東盟國家之中唯一展現負數的國家,其他東盟國家在同一時期都獲得增長。尤其是東盟旅遊業老大泰國,其同時期的遊客人數高達2610萬,增長率高達5.1巴仙。鄰國新加坡雖然同時期只吸引1305萬名外國遊客,但是增長率卻高達5.1巴仙。

馬來西亞遊客來源國之中,其中新加坡、印尼、印度和日本都呈現附屬增長。雖然訪馬中國遊客高達170萬人次,增加8.8巴仙,但是鄰國泰國僅僅在2016年就吸引了887萬名遊客卻吸引了

這些數據令人質問,馬來西亞半島地位位置介於泰國和新加坡之間,另有東馬沙巴和砂朥越,到底我們的旅遊業還有什麼地方做得不好?馬來西亞華裔人口佔25巴仙,華語普及率絕對比東盟任何一個國家高,為何中國遊客偏愛泰國?