Students gain exposure on GST at dialogue

By Atiqah Ismail

GOMBAK, 14 MAY 2015: The Students’ Representative Council last night held a dialogue session on ‘GST: Between Economic Growth and Social Justice’ at The Square, HS Building.

The speakers for the  event were the CEO of Selangor State Economic Office who is also the Member of Parliament for Pandan, Rafizi Ramli, and Thinker Panelist of Jabatan Hal Ehwal Khas (JASA), Lokman Adam. The session was chaired by Afiqah Zulkifli.

The event was intended to create an intellectual discussion between the students and the experts from the industry to promote the culture of ‘Iqra among IIUM communities as suggested by the University.

The forum started with Lokman Adam giving an explanation on the fundamentals of Goods and Services Tax (GST). He stressed that the GST is a new type of government tax to replace the old ‘Sales and Services Tax’ (SST) which can go as high as 20%. The GST can reduce the price of certain goods due to the lower percentage of tax consumption by companies.

Meanwhile, Rafizi Ramli said that the introduction of GST as a consumption tax was based on the value-added tax (VAT) concept known to other countries, especially in Europe. He described with a clear example of added GST progressions from the manufacturer to the wholesalers then retailers and lastly affecting the consumers. 

Over 300 students from different background of studies including from other universities attended the forum. 

The forum had shown the level of awareness among IIUM communities with regards to current issues especially on matters related to GST from the academic perspective.***



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15 thoughts on “Students gain exposure on GST at dialogue

  1. what kind news is this? we students want more! as organisation that representative iium (like you guys claimed) please provide detailed infos. I believe in transparency. thanks. and to iium journalist you should know how to write news. this is not news. this is rubbish.

  2. Omg, you should mentioned that the head of security snatch the microphone when rafizi speak…the garden of knowledge and virtue..whatever…

  3. kejap, mak dah confuse noks, ni university ker hapo? kesian bebudak universiti sekarang. mak tumpang sedih noks.

  4. Its not easy being a reporter, we cant expose what the society wants, moreover it is controlled by the administors but atleast try to report as honest as you can. Good job btw.

  5. Please respect people’s hardwork. Being a reporter is not an easy thing, esp if u’re under the supervision by higher authority. u will never understand the situation until u face it yrself. Yes we too demand for justice, but we consider the consequences that we might face due to our job. If u dont have nothing nice to say, keep it for yourself. U demand for transparency, which is the right thing and its good. But looking from the side that u are a Muslim, lets ponder upon by the nasty comments. If u demand for the truth, then learn to have it in a right way. One thing, respect people if u want to be respected. And remember, Allah is fair. What goes around comes around. Allah nak balas balik sekejap je. Like really, i dont see the necessity of the bad comments. Please understand our situation as a student also, just like u guys. Be nice and may Allah bless and protect.

    Salam to all.

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