Adenan to meet cabinet before decision on GST


Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem will meet members of his cabinet before deciding on whether the state will absorb the Goods and Services Tax (GST) imposed on public services provided by local authorities.

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“I will discuss that later with other members of my cabinet,” he said here today.

Adenan was asked about the matter after he officially opened Menara Rimbunan Hijau and Lassa Palm Oil Mill belonging to Rimbunan Hijau Group at Pusat Suria Permata here in conjunction with the group’s 40th anniversary celebration.

To date, Terengganu Menteri Besar Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman and Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng have announced that their state governments would absorb the GST imposed on public services provided by their local authorities.

Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali said his state would not absorb the GST in order not to contravene any laws.

On the various accounts with over half a billion ringgit belonging to companies allegedly involved in illegal logging in Sarawak frozen by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Adenan said it only showed how serious he was in combating illegal logging.

“I’ve told you before I mean business. Don’t mess with me,” he said.

The commission raided 48 sites statewide yesterday under ‘Ops Gergaji’, which led to a total of RM560 million in assets belonging to 375 companies being frozen and 500 logs seized.

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