GEORGE TOWN - The time is right for the country to implement the Goods and Services Tax (GST), said Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun.
Chew, who is also Penang MCA chief, said the GST was an internationally recognised tax system that had been implemented by some 160 countries.
"The system had been brought up since 1989 but we were not prepared for it at that time.
"The Opposition has continuously attacked and criticised the Government but (Opposition Leader) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had supported the GST when he was the Finance Minister," she said after attending a GST seminar for small and medium-sized industries at the Penang Chinese Town Hall here yesterday.
The GST comes into effect on April 1.
MCA, said Chew, was not only concerned about the nation's harmony and the education of the people but its economy and development as well.
"If you look at the portfolio of MCA leaders in the Cabinet, these are related to the economy and development. This shows our commitment to the people and the economy and development of Malaysia," she said.
Some 1,200 people attended the seminar, which was jointly organised by Penang MCA, SME Penang and SMI Association of Malaysia.
Also present were Penang MCA deputy chairman Tan Teik Cheng, SMI Association of Malaysia national deputy president Michael Kang and SME Penang president Spencer Yeoh.