Earlier this year, there was quite some confusion regarding the prices for prepaid reloads after the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST). In the end, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) has announced that GST will be imposed on consumer’s usages instead on the prices of the reloads.
In other words, the prices for prepaid reloads will return to their pre-GST pricing and this will be announced by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department on 1 November according to the Deputy Finance Minister, Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani.
This move is in line with what KKMM has mentioned previously that the telco industry was expected to be able to adapt to the new formula within six months. According to Datuk Johari, the government no longer able to accept any more excuses from the telcos as the period given to them is already long enough.
However, the minister didn’t clarify if the plan to impose GST on prepaid users based on their usages still remain or else. He said:
“How the telcos want to charge, they have to think of that. What important is that (when) the rakyat buy RM10, they get RM10. We want the Royal Malaysian Customs Department to follow up with MCMC and make the announcement on 1 November,”.
Well then, we hope that all the related government agencies that involved in this issue will able to clear everything up before making the announcement on 1 November in order to avoid the confusion that happened earlier this year.