KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 2, 2014:

The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has called on the government to announce a reduction in individual income tax in the forthcoming Budget 2015.

Its president, Mohd Khalid Atan, told The Rakyat Post today that corporate income tax had been reduced nearly every year. He said at one point it stood at 41%, but it was below 25% now.

He asked why the government could not do the same for the people.

This, he said, was in light of workers, be it from the lower or middle-income groups, facing a very uncertain future due to the rising cost of living.

“The people will face a further burden because of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) next year.”

Mohd Khalid added that no matter what the government had done in recent times in explaining the GST to the people, it would still have an affect on the people.

He then called on the government to announce the postponement of GST in the budget because the people were suffering.

The MTUC president also said the government should announce a mandatory RM300 cost-of-living adjustment for the private sector, saying this would help alleviate some of the burden.

Meanwhile, he said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should take the opportunity to announce a higher minimum wage.

He said the present RM900 was no longer relevant, pointing out that a basic wage of RM1,200 made more sense, particularly with the impending implementation of GST and the rationalisation of subsidies.

Mohd Khalid also expressed his hope that the government would take the necessary action to help reduce the burden the people were feeling.

Reactions have been varied since the subsidy for RON95 petrol and diesel was reduced by 20 sen today, making the price of fuel go up 20 sen, with Najib expected to table the 2015 Budget next Friday. - The Rakyat Post, 2/10/2014, MTUC: Reduce personal income tax