PUTRAJAYA, July 20 – Consumers can now heave a huge sigh of relief as groceries are among the items exempted from the Sales and Services Tax (SST), which comes into force this September.
Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) director- general Datuk Sri T. Subromaniam issued a list of exempted items at the SST implementation briefing session at the Kuala Lumpur JKDM Auditorium in Kelana Jaya, today.
These items include sardines, dairy products, coffee, tea, chilli sauce, tomato sauce, cereals, wheat, margarine, rice, fish, chicken, vegetables and fruits.
Boats for fishermen, and tractors and fertilisers for farmers, are also exempted from SST.
“The SST has been fixed at zero, five and 10 per cent for goods, and six per cent for services,” he said.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng told a press conference in Parliament today that the SST comprised 38 per cent of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) basket of goods, while the GST covered more than 60 per cent.