When the matter was first brought up in Parliament, it seemed that some smart alec MPs thought it was funny.
Though the GST may be a tampon (whatever that means and no disrespect to the ladies), Bolehlanders don't think that it was funny.
GST will impact negatively and hard on Bolehlanders, most of whom don't earn enough for
their daily keep.
Not, especially with the shrinking value of the Ringgit and the ever rising cost living.
What is even more heartless of the government that unashamedly claims it is caring, is that it thought it fit to buy an official brand new jet for the Pm's use that allegedly cost tens of millions just to refurbish, when everyone else is suffering.
When 1MDB - the sovereign investment fund - is still reeling like a drunken tiger from the mountain of debt that it is said to have incurred from imprudent and opaque dealings, with no end in sight and no accountability and no one taking responsibility for the mess it is said to be.
Someone should tell the government that you could only do business when you know how to do business and that it is no business of theirs to make others suffer for your own folly.
The Goods & Services Tax is indecent, especially at this time when most of us ordinary Bolehlanders still struggle to put food on the table.
When the cost of everything shoots up at the slightest excuse and never seems to go down.
When corrupt practices go largely unchecked and unpunished.
When the government itself seems to be spending imprudently and seemingly with nary a care, to burgeon the sovereign debt to a dangerous level, following 17 consecutive years of deficit budgets.
Stripped down to its barest, GST means that the government wants a share of the things and services you buy that are subject to it. 6% of the cost of the bed you buy to sleep in, even a 6% share of the tampons the ladies need, et al.
The ultimate suckers are the consumers. The hardest hit are the poorest.
And is it really 6% the ultimate consumers have to pay for the yoke that is GST?
When you consider all the stages that GST has to be imposed before a product finally reaches the consumer? (Correct me if I am wrong)
And can Bolehlanders trust the government of the day with the tax monies from the yoke?
Would the consumption tax collected be put to good use?
Bolehlanders have their doubts. And these are capital ones.