Ahmad Maslan: GST will help reduce black economy

Datuk Ahmad Maslan said according to the World Bank, black economy amounted to 30 per cent of the gross domestic product and GST will help reduce this percentage. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng
Datuk Ahmad Maslan said according to the World Bank, black economy amounted to 30 per cent of the gross domestic product and GST will help reduce this percentage. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

JOHOR BARU, 25 Feb — The Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation on April 1 will help reduce the black economy rate to 10 per cent from 30 per cent at present, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan said.

“This is one of the merits of the GST and I don’t understand why the opposition continues to advocate the Sales and Services Tax.

“This means they are protecting black economy, shielding tax evaders and defaulters,” he told reporters after briefing police personnel on the GST, the 2015 Budget and current issues at the Johor Police Contingent Headquarters here today.

Ahmad said according to the World Bank, black economy (untraceable, and hence untaxable, business dealings) amounted to 30 per cent of the gross domestic product.

On the GST, Ahmad, who is also Umno information chief, said the nationwide GST information programme would continue until May or June to enlighten the public on the concept as it had been distorted by detractors.

Until yesterday, 319,435 companies have registered for the GST which is expected to increase the country’s revenue by RM1 billion to RM24 billion. — Bernama