PM To Address Service Tax Hike Impact On Cost Of Living In Dewan Rakyat Session

In today’s Dewan Rakyat session, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is slated to elucidate on the repercussions of the recent increase in Service Tax from six to eight per cent on the populace’s cost of living and industrial production costs.

This disclosure comes in response to a query posed by Datuk Mohd Shahar Abdullah (BN-Paya Besar) during the Prime Minister’s question time, as outlined in the Parliament’s Order Paper.

Additionally, Datuk Dr Ku Abd Rahman Ku Ismail (PN-Kubang Pasu) seeks clarity on the identities of companies from Australia and Germany investing significant sums—RM24.5 billion and RM45.4 billion, respectively—in Malaysia, along with details on the industrial sectors to be developed.

Ku Abd Rahman also aims to gain insights into the government’s strategy and measures aimed at augmenting trade value, particularly through exports, for the ongoing year.

In the question-and-answer segment, Lim Guan Eng (PH-Bagan) will delve into the Minister of Human Resources’ plans to address the shortage of foreign workers, including the requisite numbers and efforts to restructure ministry agencies to mitigate these challenges.

Moreover, pivotal bills—the Employees’ Social Security Bill (Amendment) 2024 and the Employment Insurance System Bill (Amendment) 2024—are slated for their first reading in the Dewan Rakyat today.

Additionally, deliberations on the Supply (Re-Allocation of Expenditure Allocation) Bill 2024 at the committee level will persist.

This week is the final week of the Dewan Rakyat session (Third Session of 15th Parliament) which started last February 26.

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