Malaysian shoppers rushing for bargains before GST kicks in

Malaysian shoppers rushing for bargains before GST kicks in

PETALING JAYA - Shoppers are thronging the malls in the Klang Valley for bargains before the Goods and Services Tax (GST) kicks in.

Student Keng Boon Lim recently took on a part-time job to help him buy a gaming console.

"I have been wanting to buy it for a long time but could not afford it.

"I decided I had to get it before it gets even more expensive," said the 19-year-old who plans to make the purchase by the end of the year.

School teacher Yeoh Kim Gaik, 55, plans to replace her old 24-inch television set with something "bigger".

"Many stores are offering 'pre-GST' sales, so I think now is the best time to do it instead of having to pay more after April," she said.

Her niece Yeoh Shu Wen Cassandra, 18, was out to buy a new kettle and replace her 10-year-old radio.

"My radio is very outdated and it doesn't even have a USB port, so it is really time for me to get a new one.

"I would usually wait for a sale, save up or try to get a part-time job but not this time - since I need to get it before April," she said.

At Paradigm Mall here, a 34-year-old housewife, known only as Nor Aida, was among those looking for bargains in kitchenware.

The current year-end sales, she said, was the best time for her to buy the new kitchen equipment she needed.

Marketing executive Kurt Karthigesu, however, is not drawn by the discounts offered by various shops at this time of the year.

Karthigesu believes in saving money now rather than saving items.

"It's important that you don't simply spend and only buy what you truly need," said the 53-year-old.

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