'GST like a gorgeous woman'

A BARISAN Nasional assemblyman has likened Goods and Services Tax (GST) to a gorgeous woman surrounded by envious people.

Drawing on that analogy during the Johor state assembly sitting in Kota Iskandar, Datuk Syed Sis A. Rahman (BN - Tanjung Surat) said: "When a woman's features are beautiful, she's bound to have shortcomings and there are bound to be others who will be jealous of her and not like her. This is just like the GST."

"The GST is a good system and I hope that one day, this can be proven to the people when they enjoy benefits such as higher BR1M (1Malaysia People's Aid) and returns from the tax," he said in his debate yesterday.

He said GST was just like a beautiful woman so it was "normal" for many people to be jealous of her.

However, Dr Boo Cheng Hao (DAP - Skudai) voiced his disagreement.

"If the Yang Berhormat from Tanjung Surat says GST is like a beautiful woman, then I think it is best we avoid this type of woman and not marry her because she would only burden others," he said, keeping the floor in stitches.

Later, Aminolhuda Hassan (PAS - Parit Yaani) caused another round of laughter when he said the GST was like a muscular man who was not everyone's cup of tea.

He went on to say that the GST had shown its ugly side when basic household items, school stationery and property rental went up, leaving people especially in the lower income group miserable.

At a press conference at the state assembly lobby, Jimmy Puah Wee Tse (PKR - Bukit Batu) praised the Johor Ruler's Thursday directive to the state government and local councils to request a GST exemption on public services.

"The Mentri Besar has said that he would make the request soon and we hope it is not just lip service."

"We are giving him until May 18 (the end of state assembly meeting) to make the request with the Customs Department," he said, adding that it was illogical for taxpayers to be taxed twice on public services.