The authorities have cancelled plans to impose the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on more than 60 food items, which was supposed to have come into effect on July 1. NSTP file pic

KUALA LUMPUR: The authorities have cancelled plans to impose the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on more than 60 food items, which was supposed to have come into effect on July 1.

In a statement today, Customs director-general Datuk Subromaniam Tholasy said the decision was made after the matter was referred to the Finance Ministry.

The media had previously reported on several food items which were supposed to have been imposed with 6 per cent GST beginning July 1.

Subromaniam said that under P.U. (A) 162 Goods and Services Tax (Zero Rated Supply) (Amendment) (No. 2) 2017, it would have led to GST being imposed on more than 60 food items.

“These included food items such as eel, swordfish, corn, frozen vegetables, imported fruits (avocados, apricots, grapes, cherries, peaches, plums and figs), margarine and several others.

“The Customs Department has referred the matter with the Finance Ministry for feedback. The decision (to impose GST on the items) have been cancelled,” he said.

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