In a list of things that are either cheaper or less stringent in Malaysia that is circulating in Malaysia, and which is reminiscent of the glorious days of Ahmad Maslan, here we present why Malaysia is the best.
At least, this is according to the hashtag promoters #Malaysiabest.
The list compares Malaysia’s GST (6%) to other countries, like the UK (20% VAT) and India (28% GST). It says the citizens of these countries should leave and come to Malaysia where they will enjoy cheaper consumer goods taxes.
It has been a long time since Malaysians read about the benefit of having the GST. At one time, it was the role of Mr Maslan to promote and defend the imposition of the GST in the country, to the point that he earned himself the several memes on social media and was jokes about the GST were nicknamed after him.
Maslan was the second Minister of Finance and Umno information chief before he wsa mooted to as a deputy Minister at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry – MITI. From the Umno’s information chief, he was later given the job as the party’s information technology bureau chief.
His campaign was so successful on social media in Malaysia that the video parodies and other jokes and memes became the main campaign element for the opposition fighting against the GST.
Below is the list circulating on WhatsApp in Malaysia:
UK: Don’t like our VAT 20%? You can leave UK and go to Malaysia. Their GST is only 6 %.
INDIA: Don’t agree to our GST 28% you can go to Malaysia it’s only 6%. They also have Tamil schools there not even in north India you have such schools.
U.S. :You want free healthcare? You can leave USA and go to Malaysia . It’s almost free there!
HONG KONG : Cannot afford a house? You can leave Hong Kong and go to Malaysia . Almost everyone above 35 years old own houses there!
PHILIPPINES: What? You want a car? Leave the Philippines and go to Malaysia. Every household owns more than a car there!
SWEDEN: You complain about high cost of living? Migrate to Malaysia, hey have one of the lowest cost of living around.
CANADA: Petrol price too expensive? Leave Canada and go to Malaysia, their petrol is even cheaper than Coca-Cola!
CHINA: You want to secure a place in High School? Leave China and go to Malaysia. They have lots of Chinese schools for you and everyone is secured of a place.
JAPAN: You want to enjoy life while working? Leave Japan and go to Malaysia. They have lots of public holidays, they work only until 5 pm, civil servants work until 4.30pm and everyone is on a 5-day week. They can go movie, drink Starbucks, eat out regularly and always travel.
AUSTRALIA: Unhappy that shops here close too early? Migrate to Malaysia mate, they have 24-hour eateries everywhere and supermarkets open till 10 pm.
INDONESIA: You want a Chinese mayor? Leave Jakarta and go to Penang. The Penang Chief Minister has always been a Chinese, since 1957!.
SINGAPORE: You want to curse and defame your leader on Facebook? Leave Singapore lah and go to Malaysia. They can curse their Prime Minister everyday.
And the list goes on it said, signed Whatever it is Malaysia is still the best! 👍 #malaysiabest.