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GST on top of Prepaid Reload Value Remains

by Vyncent ChanApril 30, 2015
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Considering the issue that on 1st April the telcosΒ were not supposed to be charging GST on reload value. Since Maxis was charging consumers for GST, MCMC called a meeting. After the very intensive meeting held by MCMC with all the telcos, everyone started charging GST. MCMC promised that reload value will revert to pre-GST rates from May 1, and we were quite happy. MCMC even made telcos promise to reimburse us in the form of airtime and SMSs, which they duly did.

I got some airtime and SMSes alright as a DiGi user, but for a limited time so I never actually got to use them.. But that’s alright. Because we are nearing May 1 already anyway.

Surprisingly, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commision (MCMC) chairman Datuk Seri Dr Halim Shafie today said that following confusion since GST implementation on April 1 as to whether the price of prepaid reloads would go back to pre-GST rates from May 1.

He added that it would be impossible for service providers to implement the required changes over the next couple of days and that since the survey results were not ready, it was premature to make a decision now.

Dr Halim said that the survey was being carried out by communications providers to assess if customers preferred lower reload values on which GST is charged.

He added that the difficulty in reverting back to the pre-GST arrangements were tied to complexities in reconfiguring systems for service providers and third party agents including financial institutions, electronic payment providers, supermarkets, petrol stations and all other sales agents.

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commision (MCMC) chairman Datuk Seri Dr Halim Shafie today said that following confusion since GST implementation on April 1 as to whether the price of prepaid reloads would go back to pre-GST rates from May 1.

He added that it would be impossible for service providers to implement the required changes over the next couple of days and that since the survey results were not ready, it was premature to make a decision now.

Dr Halim said that the survey was being carried out by communications providers to assess if customers preferred lower reload values on which GST is charged.

He added that the difficulty in reverting back to the pre-GST arrangements were tied to complexities in reconfiguring systems for service providers and third party agents including financial institutions, electronic payment providers, supermarkets, petrol stations and all other sales agents.

But after reading the news above, I do not know what isΒ happening. Janji dicapati, dear MCMC?

Are you kidding me?

Are you kidding me?

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Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.

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