GST-related ‘crimes’ and other offences; and unexpected consequences

Breaking News: Malaysiakini Survey on Impact of GST on Household Expenses

A May 2 StarBiz report quoted several associations and analysts who said they were seeing a slowdown of between 20% and 50% in business for retailers in the months after the GST.

Malaysian Insider

Employers looking at cutting staff as GST starts to bite businesses

Faced with falling sales and high operating costs, some Malaysian companies are considering cutting staff either through retrenchment or voluntary separation schemes, said an employers’ federation.

Malaysian Employers Federation executive director Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan said about 20% of its members were looking into such options and they cut across all economic sectors from retail to hospitality to manufacturing.

These companies have approached the MEF for advice and the federation’s consultants were currently working with them on how to best cut costs and whether or not to lay off staff, said Shamsuddin.

Companies were it finding harder to meet overheads because of lower demand and consumption, especially after the 6% goods and services tax (GST) was introduced in April, he said.

“For some members, business is almost 30% down these past few months. So they are looking at either retrenchment or voluntary separation exercises,” Shamsuddin told The Malaysian Insider.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/employers-looking-at-cutting-staff-as-gst-impacts-on-business?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.RtePNlzt.dpuf

FIRST RECORDED SUICIDE RELATED TO GST: JB SHOPKEEPER TAKES HIS OWN LIFE.

【国內】

又是消费税惹的祸?一名6旬杂货店东主疑不堪消费税问题,选择上吊结束生命。
新山的这位杂货店东主林泰春(译音),68岁,就没有那么幸运,他周五晚因消费税问题,上吊自杀身亡。
生前曾向家人透露不知如何应对消费税,且担心官员取缔,让他感到烦恼,家人有劝导他结束生意。

“Country”

Blame is a consumption tax? A 6 the grocery store proprietor unbearable tax issues, select hanging end to life.
Johor Bahru’s grocery store proprietor Lin Taichun (transliteration), 68, was not so lucky, his Friday night for a consumption tax issue, hanged himself to death.
He has revealed to the family does not know how to deal with a consumption tax, and worried officials banned, was upset by his family to persuade him out of business.

za

中國報訊:日前因無法適應消費稅而將雜貨店停業,東主竟反鎖店內,上吊自殺!

詳細報導翻閱今晚/明日《中國報》
http://www.chinapress.com.my/node/626158

China News: recently due to inability to meet the consumption tax will be the grocery store out of business proprietors, locked inside, hanging themselves!

Details read tonight/tomorrow the Chinese newspaper
http://www.chinapress.com.my/node/626158

攝影:黃慧琪  (新山31日訊)日前因無法適應消費稅而將雜貨店停業,東主竟反鎖店內,上吊自殺!…
chinapress.com.my

68歲雜貨店東主疑為消費稅的問題煩惱,不知如何繼續經營下去而自尋短見。http://bit.ly/1crjM1f

Grocery store owner believed to be 68 years old consumption tax troubles, committed suicide that they do not know how to carry. http://bit.ly/1crjM1f

za

NST

Econsave Seremban charged under Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act

By TEOH PEI YING – 21 May 2015 @ 5:36 PM

SEREMBAN: Econsave Cash and Carry superstore was the first company in Negri Sembilan charged under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011

The company based in Seremban Forest Heights, was fined RM40,000 by the Session Court today for making unreasonably high profit through the sales of raw coconut milk.

According to amended charge, Econsave Cash and Carry Sdn Bhd raised the price from RM3.50 to RM4.89 per 500 grammes on Apr 5 this year.

Free Malaysia Today

Punched in the face for charging customer GST

May 21, 2015

Hell hath no fury as a customer who has to pay GST for two packets of Nasi Kandar.

GEORGE TOWN

The incident happened yesterday at 1.30pm after an enraged customer in his late 30’s saw it fitting to punch the cashier of a restaurant in Jalan Padang Tembak, Air Hitam for charging him the 6% GST for two packets of Nasi Kandar he had bought.

In a fit of anger he also berated the cashier with profanities before flinging the Nasi Kandar packets on the floor in protest, the Malaysian Digest reported.

His crazy tirade didn’t end there when he and a friend decided to return to the restaurant ten minutes later brandishing parangs.

Tearing into the restaurant, they smashed the glass covers of food warmers before taking off on their motorcycles.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/05/21/punched-in-the-face-for-charging-customer-gst/

Is this the first GST-related suicide attempt?

The complexity and costs of the new consumption tax has prompted several small businesses — some decades old — to close shop than attempt to grapple with the GST.

Malay Mail Online

GST woes drive trader to attempt suicide

KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 — Frustration over difficulties in implementing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is believed to have driven a trader in Teluk Intan, Perak to attempt suicide yesterday.

According to Chinese-language media, Tan Huo Ming had ingested poison yesterday after scaling a fence outside his home while holding fistfuls of cash.

Huo Ming had reportedly complained to his family repeatedly that he could not cope with the bookkeeping made necessary by the GST.

Huo Ming was initially conflicted on whether to continue or close his business. After being coaxed by his family, he agreed to shut down the business on the day, according to the report.

His daughter said Huo Ming had been troubled since April 1, when the consumption tax came into effect.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/gst-woes-drive-trader-to-attempt-suicide#sthash.hn2q2equ.dpuf

中國報獨家:“小商家不是沒有說出心聲,但政府有聽到嗎?肯聽嗎?能改變嗎?”

詳細報導翻閱今晚/明日《中國報》/http://www.chinapress.com.my/node/620959

獨家報導:蔡耀樑  (安順11日訊)“小商家不是沒有說出心聲,但政府有聽到嗎?肯聽嗎?能改變嗎?”  逾月來面對消費稅困擾而企圖雙料自殺的安順美利五金店東主陳火明,其女兒陳蓓妮今日向《中國報》控訴,政…
chinapress.com.my

中國報獨家:一名五金店老東主,逾月來面對消費稅困擾,今午趁妻女準備帶他到酒樓歡慶母親節時,悄悄爬入鄰居住家,當著老鄰人面前灌下整瓶小瓶裝殺蟲劑自殺!

詳細報導翻閱今晚/明日《中國報》/www.chinapress.com.my

Bing: China exclusive: a old hardware store proprietor, more than a month to face tax problems this afternoon while his wife and daughter when preparing to take him to the restaurant to celebrate mother’s day, crept into the neighbouring homes, downing the whole bottle in front of old neighbors small bottles of insecticide suicide!

獨家報導 : 蔡耀樑  (安順10日訊)消費稅“害死”人?  一名五金店老東主,逾月來面對消費稅困擾,今午趁妻女準備帶他到酒樓歡慶母親節時,悄悄爬入鄰居住家,當著老鄰人面前灌下整瓶小瓶裝殺蟲劑自殺!…
chinapress.com.my

zb

za

http://www.chinapress.com.my/node/620705

GST-related prosecutions: First FAIL.

Malaysiakini

5:41PM May 6, 2015

By Bernama

Restaurant operator acquitted of GST charge

The Sessions court in Shah Alam today acquitted a restaurant operator at Setia Alam of a charge under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Act 2014.

Judge Ahmad Azhari Abdul Hamid made the decision after the prosecution applied to withdraw the charge against Syarikat Bendang Afwa Enterprise, the operator of ‘Restoran Bendang’.

Deputy public prosecution Hazril Harun told the court that the prosecution was instructed to withdraw the charge against the company, represented by Farah Jamiah Fikri, 35.

The company’s lawyer Collin Arvind Andrew said no reasons were given for the withdrawal of the accusation.

“My client was charged under Section 33(2)(b) of the GST Act 2014 for allegedly violating Section 22 of the GST Regulations 2014 by not displaying the required details in the tax invoice totalling RM21,” he said.

The Royal Malaysian Police had earlier failed to obtain a remand order from the court on Farah Jamiah’s husband, a lecturer, who was also present in court with her today.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/297437?hootPostID=f63717a66805c0739b4958bab105dc3b

Free Malaysia Today

Steep price hike of lady’s fingers lands firm in court

May 5, 2015

Price of vegetable rose from RM3.10 per kg on January 1 to RM9.70 from between January 3 to 20 at the Jaya Grocer premises in Bandar Baru Bangi.

za

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/05/05/538503/

中國報訊:雪州萬宜Jaya Grocer超市業者因將羊角豆價格調漲超過200%,至每公斤暴利6令吉60仙,今日在2011年價格控制和反暴利法令下被控,成為全馬首家在此法令下被控上法庭的超市。

詳細報導翻閱今晚/明日《中國報》/http://www.chinapress.com.my/node/619450

 (莎阿南5日訊)雪州萬宜Jaya Grocer超市業者因將羊角豆價格調漲超過200%,至每公斤暴利6令吉60仙,今日在2011年價格控制和反暴利法令下被控,成為全馬首家在此法令下被控上法庭的超市。…
chinapress.com.my

Star

Tuesday May 5, 2015 MYT 12:23:17 PM

Company charged with making unreasonable profit from sale of lady’s fingers

SHAH ALAM: Trendcell Sdn Bhd, which owns Jaya Grocer supermarket, has become the first company to be charged under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 for selling lady’s fingers at an unreasonably high.

Its director Ting Pooi Guan, 59, who represented the company, pleaded not guilty to the charge at a sessions court here.

The company was said to have attempted to increase its profit margin by raising the price of lady’s fingers (okra) by RM6.60 per kilogram (from RM3.10 on Jan 1 to RM9.70 from Jan 3 to Jan 20).

It was said to have committed the offence at Jaya Grocer’s premises at the Bangi Gateway Shopping Complex in Bandar Baru Bangi, between Jan 3 and Jan 20.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/05/05/Company-ladys-fingers-profit/

A shop in Serian had not registered for the GST but was selling its goods at an exorbitant price. It sild canned drinks at RM2.00 each when in fact it had obtained the item for RM1.10 each from the supplier.

theSundaily

GST: 5 traders to be charged in court next week

KUCHING: Five traders would be charged in court next week for allegedly using the goods and services tax (GST) as a pretext to increase their prices.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) secretary general Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad said the five cases were in Melaka, Penang and Federal Territory.

“They were among seven completed investigation papers (IP) referred to the Attorney General’s Chambers. The traders would be charged under Section 21 of the price Control and Anti Profiteering Act 2011.

“Another 34 IPs are almost completed for the A-G’s Chambers to decide whether the traders should be prosecuted or not,” he told reporters here today.

Bernama

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1405645

Malay Mail Online

Rogue traders ― the people’s bane

PETALING JAYA, May 2 — One month in and price hikes by unscrupulous businesses that take advantage of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) continue to plague consumers.

Fomca chief executive officer Datuk Paul Selvaraj said while initial concerns about GST were levelling out, the complaints now were about businesses that increased prices by more than six per cent.

“The information we are getting from NCCC (National Consumer Complaints Centre) is on complaints regarding profiteering by these businesses,” he said.

Selvaraj said there were businesses, primarily in smaller towns, that hiked prices and refused to give receipts.

“They give the excuse that the price increase is because of GST.

“The legitimacy of these businesses is in question. Are they eligible to impose GST? If they are, why are they increasing prices by more than six per cent?” he said.

Selvaraj said consumers were becoming more aware of their rights and had begun asking for and checking their receipts.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/rogue-traders-the-peoples-bane#sthash.3xccovRw.dpuf

A SUPERMARKET IN BANGI AND A RESTAURANT IN SHAH ALAM HAVE THE DUBIOUS DISTINCTION OF BEING THE FIRST TO BE CHARGED FOR OFFENCES RELATED TO THE GST.

Malay Mail Online

Bangi supermarket first to be charged under Price Control Act, ministry says

zyThe supermarket is charged with raising the price of its lady’s fingers by more than 50 per cent four months ago. — Reuters pic

SHAH ALAM, April 30 — A well-known supermarket will be the first premises to be charged under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 for raising the price of lady’s fingers by more than 50 per cent four months ago.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) deputy director-general (Enforcement) Datuk Iskandar Halim Sulaiman said the supermarket located in Bangi would be charged under Section 14(1) of the act.

He said the KPDNKK received complaints from the public on the increased price of the lady’s finger and it was revealed the supermarket had increased the price of the vegetable in January this year.

The charge was made following a further inspection that revealed the price of the lady’s fingers had been increased from RM12 per kilogram (the fixed market price) to RM18.60 per kilogram, Iskandar said.

“The owner of the supermarket will be charged on Tuesday next week for profiteering of RM6.60, higher than the margin set,” he told Bernama when contacted, here today.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/bangi-supermarket-first-to-be-charged-under-price-control-act-ministry-says?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed#sthash.BDWs8B68.dpuf

theSundaily

KPDNKK: Supermarket to be charged for overcharging on ladies’ fingers

SHAH ALAM: A well-known supermarket will be the first premises to be charged under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 for raising the price of ladies’ fingers (kacang bendi) by more than 50% four months ago.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) deputy director-general (Enforcement) Datuk Iskandar Halim Sulaiman said the supermarket located in Bangi would be charged under Section 14(1) of the act.

He said the KPDNKK received complaints from the public on the increased price of the lady’s finger and it was revealed the supermarket had increased the price of the vegetable in January this year.

The charge was made following a further inspection that revealed the price of the lady’s finger had been increased from RM12 per kilogramme (the fixed market price) to RM18.60 per kilogramme, Iskandar said.

“The owner of the supermarket will be charged on Tuesday next week for profiteering of RM6.60, higher than the margin set,” he told Bernama when contacted.

Restaurant in Shah Alam first to be charged under GST Act. Read More @

Embedded image permalink
theSundaily

Shah Alam eatery first to be charged for GST offence

SHAH ALAM: A restaurant in Section 16 here is the first to be charged in court for an offence under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) 2014.

Restoran Hameed’s Corner, which was represented by its owner Raja Bunesh Bagam Kamarudeen, 38, pleaded not guilty to five counts of issuing about 2,000 tax invoices which did not contain details stipulated under Section 22 of the GST Regulations 2014.

The restaurant is alleged to have committed the offences at its premises at No.3-1-1, Suria Avenue Apartment 16/2, Section 16 here from April 7 to 11.

Hameed’s Corner is being charged under Section 33 (2) (b) of the GST Act 2014 and punishable under Section 96 of the same Act which provides for a fine of not more than RM30,000 or a maximum jail term of two years or both, upon conviction.

Star

Thursday April 30, 2015 MYT 12:19:46 PM

Restaurant owner first to claim trial for GST-related offence

zqRaja Bunesh Bagam Kamarudeen

SHAH ALAM: Less than a month after the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST), a restaurant is the first in the nation to claim trial under the GST Act 2014 at the Sessions Court here.

The owner, Raja Bunesh Bagam Kamarudeen, 38, was summoned and stood outside the witness dock to hear the five charges against her establishment, Restoran Hameeds Corner located in Seksyen 16, Petaling Jaya, on Thursday morning.

The charge was for issuing about 2,000 invoices not containing details as required by Section 22 of the GST Act from April 7 to 11.

Judge Ahmad Azhari Abdul Hamid set bail at RM15,000 with one surety and fixed May 25 for next mention.

——————————————————————————————————–

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Bangi supermarket charged forGST offences, GST, malaysia, Shah Alam restaurant charged for GST offences and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s