Malaysian government's first 100 days: Consumers hope for better days after GST removal

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

KUALA LUMPUR - 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 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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