Last month we were “surprised” by the Bajet 2014 that saw the plan of GST implementation in 2015, which would almost certainly raise the prices of goods and also the abolishment of sugar subsidies that has already shown it’s effects on food prices. And by, yet again, raising another tax, the cukai taksiran, has the government gone insane?
As if those things were not bad enough, the residents of KL got another sick joke when this week the KL Mayors office started sending out notices of the suggestion to raise the Cukai taksiran (not sure what it’s called in English) by a hundred percent. This saw the “taksiran” value of property of some property owners raised from RM8,000 to RM16,000 and in some cases more than RM20,000. Mind you these are just middle class residents that have resided in KL long before the property prices became insane.
A few examples from a long list problems that will arise as a result of the raise in cukai taksiran are rental rates will surely go up to cover the cost of the tax raise. Then there are elderly residents that have retired. No way they can afford that kind of raise in tax. I’m not even sure if their pension or KWSP money is enough to cover that. And as usual, of course shop houses will also be affected by this tax raise, so, indirectly the prices of goods will also be affected.
From what I read from various media sources, the only reason DBKL could give to defend the tax raise was because the tax rate has never been raised for 21 years and it seems that to them, that is the only way they can increase revenue. My question is, does it have to be raised? Many people from different parts of society condemned the move including resident associations, property owners and not to mention politicians.
Most are annoyed due to the fact that DBKL wants to raise the tax, yet it doesn’t want to raise the quality of its services particularly the leakages of funds due to the organizations mismanagement and lack of prudence when it comes to spending.
The residents are also annoyed at the fact that the move was made without prior discussions with any of the stake holders involve. Now the residents are only given until 17th of December to make a formal protest to the decision, which is like less than 4 weeks?
One after another the government makes moves to make the rakyats lives harder each day and with this I feel that the ruling government is coming one step closer to its demise. Even if one’s not a supporter of the opposition, the “inconveniences” caused by the ruling government might be enough for them to vote the other side.
And that’s only one issue. I haven’t gone into the issue of the suggestion for lower capacity motorcycles to be banned from the highway. That is another comical issue. But I’ll leave that to the coffee shops to discuss the matter.
Meanwhile, read this Malaysian Insider article on the issue.
iMyn is the Co-Founder and some say Chief Content Officer of RinggitKini.com. Has a craze in travel, writing and current issues.