Oh gosh, if it isn’t enough that Malaysians struggling whilst dealing with rising costs of living, yet another curveball has been thrown at us. Or so it seems.
The good? Toll collection are several major highways in Kuala Lumpur and around the country have not too long ago gone fully electronic, easing up the horrendous traffic jams.
And now, rumour has it that even Touch ‘n Go (Malaysia’s electronic payment system’s smart card) will be needlessly imposing a 6% GST to all Touch ‘n Go reload transactions starting 1st January 2016!
The outrageous piece of news even caught the attention of Malaysian Minister for Youth and Sports Khairy Jamaluddin, who immediately took to his Twitter to verify the news following Touch ‘n Go’s response to the now viral rumour:
Touch n Go jawab. pic.twitter.com/vj9AGqJZ76
— Khairy Jamaluddin (@Khairykj) December 23, 2015
Touch ‘n Go also posted up an official statement via their Facebook page to confirm that GST is applicable only for a reload fee of RM0.50 to the respective reload agents e.g. retail merchants, petrol service stations, participating banks (for auto-reloads in Zing cards as well as reloads at ATM and CDM).
The “news” that GST will be imposed for all Touch ‘n Go reload transactions is not true. Full statement as follows:
Phew. Now that was a near cardiac arrest-inducing moment for us.
For more information, hit up Touch ‘n Go Malaysia’s Facebook page.