Consumers hope for better days after Pakatan ends unpopular GST

A promotional advertisement of a store waiving the 6 per cent goods and services tax at a mall in Kuala Lumpur, on May 9, 2015.
A promotional advertisement of a store waiving the 6 per cent goods and services tax at a mall in Kuala Lumpur, on May 9, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

Malaysians were on a temporary high when the deeply unpopular goods and services tax (GST) was zero-rated from June 1, three weeks after Pakatan Harapan (PH) won the general election.

Sales have soared for big-ticket items as discounts were dished out for cars, televisions and refrigerators, with back-to-back seasonal sales for Hari Raya Aidilfitri in mid-June and in the lead-up to National Day at the end of this month.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2018, with the headline 'Consumers hope for better days after Pakatan ends unpopular GST'. Print Edition | Subscribe