8 July 2017
Notify GST defaulters of travel ban, says SUPP
Sarawak BN party says although laws empower Immigration DG to issue travel ban without giving any reason, there should be fairness and natural justice.
PETALING JAYA: The Customs department must serve notices warning business owners that they face a travel ban if they do not pay the GST that is due, says Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP).
SUPP Youth Central publicity secretary Milton Foo said though there were laws empowering the Immigration director-general to issue a travel ban without giving any reason upon receiving a request from the customs department, there should be fairness and natural justice, The Borneo Post reported.
“Advance notice should be issued to the person to notify him or her of the travel ban,” he said in a statement yesterday.
“If the trader has cleared off the GST, the customs department will immediately request for the immigration department to remove the particular trader’s name from the blacklist,” Subromaniam was quoted as saying by a local Chinese daily.
Foo turned the tables on the customs department, asking if it had refunded the GST input tax for businesses which are waiting for the refund from the department.
He said if there was a penalty against a person for failing to settle the GST by imposing the travel ban, then there must equally be a remedy against the customs department for failing to refund, or for the delay in refunding, the GST input tax.
7 July 2017
Traders who don’t pay GST face travel ban
TRADERS who don’t pay the goods and services tax (GST) will be barred from going overseas, said the Royal Malaysian Customs Department yesterday,
Quoting director-general of Customs Subromaniam Tholasy, Sin Chew Daily said there were more than 7,100 traders currently blacklisted for failing to pay GST to the department.
“If the trader has cleared off the GST, the Customs Department will immediately request for the Immigration Department to remove his name from the blacklist,” said Subromaniam.
He also advised traders who still owed GST to check with the Immigration Department to see if they have been blacklisted.
The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) president Pheng Yin Huah had complained that the government’s travel ban on traders suspected of defaulting on GST without prior notice had upset many businessmen.
On Sunday, a Sarawakian businessman said he found out an hour before his flight about the travel ban because of overdue GST.
Despite paying the outstanding amount of RM2,739.04 on the same day after checking with his company directors, he said he was still barred from flying as the travel ban could only be lifted by Putrajaya.
KUCHING: A businessman here was barred from leaving the country due to an overdue Goods and Services Tax (GST) payment by a company of which he is a director and a shareholder.
Chung Nyuk Swee, 66, said the outstanding payment was not even a personal debt and the authorities did not bother to render the courtesy of informing him of the overdue amount.
He found out about the travel ban imposed by the Customs Department at the Kuching International Airport (KIA) while preparing to depart for Singapore around 5pm last Friday (June 30).
Chung said he could not be more appalled at the travel ban as his flight was scheduled to take off in an hour.
“I even asked the immigration officer if I can just settle the outstanding payment and leave for Singapore where I have business to attend.
“The immigration officer told me to go to the Customs (Department office) at the airport to find out more, which I did. That was when I was told that I was banned from leaving the country because of an outstanding GST payment.
“But (they) could not tell me the amount. And so I was left with no choice but to find out more when I got home later,” he told a press conference in the presence of Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong yesterday.
Chung said he communicated with other company directors and then settled the overdue GST payment on Friday evening, thinking that he could fly to Singapore the following day.
However, he was still barred from leaving Malaysia despite having settled the outstanding amount.
He said the reason given by KIA Customs was that the authorities could lift the ban only after a clearance directive from Putrajaya.
“I even showed them the official receipt to prove that I settled the outstanding amount of RM2,739.04. But they still cannot lift the travel ban.
“The ban itself is unreasonable because no notice or summons was issued to me about the unsettled payment. And even after I settled the payment, I’m still not allowed to leave the country,” he lamented.