Sad to close but happy to go, says medicine shop owner

Sad to close but happy to go, says medicine shop owner
End of an era: (From left) Yew with his wife Chin and their two workers Liew Nam Hock and Tan Ching Wing at their medicine shop in Bukit Mertajam.

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Malaysia - Traditional medicine shop owner Yew Chian Hooi claims he has no choice but to close his business because he cannot meet the requirements for GST implementation.

Kedai Ubat Ban Swee Choon at Jalan Danby here will no longer be open for business from today.

Yew, 75, has already sold most of his stock, and whatever remains will be returned to suppliers.

"I am unclear about the items in my shop that should be taxed under GST because I don't know how to translate the traditional names of the Chinese herbs and medications into Bahasa Malaysia," said Yew, explaining his decision to call it a day.

He said the business was started by his late father in 1941.

"The business survived the Japanese Occupation, but not GST," he quipped.

Yew said although he was sad about closing the shop, his wife Chin Meow Leng, 72, was happy because they could now go for holidays.

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