KUALA LUMPUR, March 18, 2015:Following the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on April 1, an opposition Member of Parliament was asked “not to die”, for fear that the funeral costs would increase after the introduction of the tax.
The suggestion was made by PKR’s Indera Mahkota MP Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahmad to G. Manivanan after the PKR Kapar MP had raised the question of costs to be incurred if a person dies.
“Mr Speaker, I suggest for YB (Kapar) not to die. This is because, even if he wants, the cost would be high. So if possible, please don’t die,” said Fauzi jokingly, followed by laughter from other MPs in the Parliament.
Manivanan, when debating the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s speech, said the implementation of GST would cause a person to bear the tax from the time he was a baby until the day he died.
“GST will be imposed from the day we are born, during childhood, in our schooldays, when we become teenagers, in university, when we start working, when we start counting the days and, lastly, when we die.
“There will be GST at every level. I propose for GST not to be implemented.
“Mr Speaker, a coffin. If an Indian (dies) it will be worse (higher cost). Malai flowers (garland) … everything involves GST,” he said.