Massive street protests against new tax in Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur anti-GST protest
Anti-GST demonstration in Kuala Lumpur on April 2

Thousands of people on April 2 joined a rally in Kuala Lumpur to protest against the Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 6 per cent on the first anniversary of its implementation. Police cordoned off the intended venue, Dataran Merdeka, a central square in the Malaysian capital, leaving protesters to converge outside police barriers, Malay Mail Online reported.

The rally, which started around 2pm local time, was organised to demand an end to the GST, a value-added consumption tax which is levied on most transactions in the production process and replaced a more complex. but mostly lower system of value-added taxation that was in effect previously.

The tax, however, is still low compared to other countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN.

Opposition figures and non-governmental organisations led protesters from different points in the city towards the Dataran Merdeka independence square. Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad also unexpectedly showed up at the rally.

Protesters also called for the release of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has come under fire over allegations of corruption linked to the debt-laden state fund 1MDB and deposits into his private accounts worth around $680 million.

As per latest news, he and his wife allegedly spent around 15 million on luxury items using the funds, and according to another new report the fund was even a source to finance the Hollywood movie “Wolf of Wall Street” with more than $100 million via offshore shell companies, supposedly in order to launder the money. 1MDB denied that it funded the movie.

At the rally, demonstrators waved scarves emblazoned with the slogan “#Save Malaysia”, while others wore “Cancel GST” headbands.

The rally featured speeches by prominent opposition figures such as Ibrahim’s wife, Wan Azizah, and Mahathir, who recently filed a suit against Razak, alleging corruption and “misfeasance and breach of fiduciaries” in public office.

 

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Anti-GST demonstration in Kuala Lumpur on April 2

Thousands of people on April 2 joined a rally in Kuala Lumpur to protest against the Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 6 per cent on the first anniversary of its implementation. Police cordoned off the intended venue, Dataran Merdeka, a central square in the Malaysian capital, leaving protesters to converge outside police barriers, Malay Mail Online reported.

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Kuala Lumpur anti-GST protest
Anti-GST demonstration in Kuala Lumpur on April 2

Thousands of people on April 2 joined a rally in Kuala Lumpur to protest against the Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 6 per cent on the first anniversary of its implementation. Police cordoned off the intended venue, Dataran Merdeka, a central square in the Malaysian capital, leaving protesters to converge outside police barriers, Malay Mail Online reported.

The rally, which started around 2pm local time, was organised to demand an end to the GST, a value-added consumption tax which is levied on most transactions in the production process and replaced a more complex. but mostly lower system of value-added taxation that was in effect previously.

The tax, however, is still low compared to other countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN.

Opposition figures and non-governmental organisations led protesters from different points in the city towards the Dataran Merdeka independence square. Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad also unexpectedly showed up at the rally.

Protesters also called for the release of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has come under fire over allegations of corruption linked to the debt-laden state fund 1MDB and deposits into his private accounts worth around $680 million.

As per latest news, he and his wife allegedly spent around 15 million on luxury items using the funds, and according to another new report the fund was even a source to finance the Hollywood movie “Wolf of Wall Street” with more than $100 million via offshore shell companies, supposedly in order to launder the money. 1MDB denied that it funded the movie.

At the rally, demonstrators waved scarves emblazoned with the slogan “#Save Malaysia”, while others wore “Cancel GST” headbands.

The rally featured speeches by prominent opposition figures such as Ibrahim’s wife, Wan Azizah, and Mahathir, who recently filed a suit against Razak, alleging corruption and “misfeasance and breach of fiduciaries” in public office.

 

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