Sunday, September 18, 2011

消费税,消费谁?


要来的始终会来。首相日前宣布,政府将在第13届大选后落实消费税制度。

政府原本计划在2010年开始针对所有产品和服务征收4%消费税。可是在有关法案于2009年被提呈国会一读后,民间反对声浪大得叫政府难以招架,政府因而被迫暂缓二读和三读程序,消费税的落实日期也随之被迫展延。

首相为落实消费税而给于的理由是,这有助于降低政府的财政赤字。一旦向全民征收消费税后,预计政府每年将可获得60100亿令吉的额外税收。对于一个长期无法降低财政赤字的政府,这笔额外税收的确是一阵及时雨。

然而,民间普遍的看法却是,政府国债高筑的主因不是因为人民缴税不足,而是因为猖獗的贪污腐败、不断的白象计划、还有因政府各部门管理不当而衍生的每一年国家总稽查司报告内的荒谬弊端。

虽然政府已解释,大部分的必需品将豁免消费税,可是人民仍担心一旦落实消费税后,将引发通货膨胀的骨牌效应,让全民百上加斤。

政府若要说服人民接受消费税,必须先做到三件事情。

首先,政府必须让人民相信它将认真严打贪污、停止资助朋党、谨慎管理财务,以确保人民的血汗钱不会成为送入狼口的肥肉。

其次,政府必须向人民提出一套完整的策略,以确保不会衍生出百物上涨的连锁反应,以及说明在征收消费税后是否停止征收服务税、降低个人和公司所得税,以避免税务重叠的情况。

其三,政府必须提出实际步骤,以重整政府部门叠床架屋的臃肿结构,全方位改善行政效率,进而打造一个有利于国内外投资者进行投资的环境。

一个真正奉行“人民优先”的政府,是不会每到钱不够用时,便想着要打人民荷包主意的。

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7 comments:

居安思危 said...

拿鸡说,你们整天都说自己才是这个国家的主人,好了,现在钱不够用了,是不是该向主人伸手?

Anonymous said...

Income Tax, Service Tax, Service Charges, Road tolls, Road Tax, Revenue Tax and now GST.... too many to handle !

The government has collected from the people numerous taxes and income but the allocations of the funds to the people in development and needs were not transparent, abuse of public funds and money spent unwisely.
Just take a note as huge amount being spent in clothings and gatherings recently as so called leaders to be with the people in all places but merely to draw votes of the people for the coming general election.
It was asked to save for rainy days but they were penny wise pound foolish !

A Parent

Anonymous said...

消费税有超过200万有登记的外劳,另外超过400万在潜水(非法)的外劳,国文难道认为国家需要每年津贴白糖,食油,百米,汽油,收取消费税又何过之有?

凌国文 said...

楼上的朋友,提问前,先看清楚我文章的内容。

moot said...

还有市场不开放的问题。大政府在市场上下其手的时候,许多呆民还说那是好事。 不想那供需的问题多年来都得不到解决。 稻米白糖食油种种垄断腐败浪费, 无不如此。

A retiree said...

The government should plug all the leakages before opening its mouth to ask for more money via GST.

I'm a retiree, had been paying taxes all my life, spending much more than relatives and friends overseas on car which is of lower quality yet much more expensive than theirs. Who has pocketed my tax money ? These BN rich goons shopping overseas and can claimed back their GST from foreign governments. How about us who have to shop locally and can't escape the GST?

Already I'm very unhappy to be forced to pay the 10% service tax in some restaurants which I hardly get any deserving service and even if the service is good, who can guarantee us the money actually get to pay the staff for the service rendered to the customers?

How could a tank being filled if there are more big holes to run away the water than the inflow? Those in PEMANDU are the big and useless fat cats, getting paid for such such proposal without the gut to tell the government where the real problem is.

Not until I see a clean and efficient government is being installed, I won't cast my vote to any party which propose GST without the will to plug leakages.

大佬:“反秤复民” said...

调整一下公务员的薪水,该升就升,该降就降,可以为国库省回一大笔,高官有必要薪水上万吗?