Angry Man Punches Bangladeshi Worker Over GST Charge On Nasi Kandar

Complaints to the government involving GST may have dropped, but that may be because people are taking things into their own hands...

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On 20 May, Datuk Seri Hasan Malek, a minister of the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry said that the ministry believes people are becoming more receptive towards the goods and services tax (GST) as the number of complaints have dropped significantly

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"This perception is based on the complaints we received. We believe the public is beginning to understand that the GST is not troublesome to anyone, rather it benefits the people," Hasan Malek said.

Based on information from the anti-profiteering centre, the weekly number of complaints received fell by 60%, or 1,084 complaints, from April 15-30 compared with 442 complaints for the May 1-14 period.

However, Hasan advised consumers to continue lodging complaints relating to the new tax to ensure that immediate action could be taken against traders who tried to reap profits by cheating consumers.

Well, the following story may just prove otherwise.

Two men caused quite a scene at a nasi kandar restaurant in Air Itam, Penang on 19 May when one of them punched a worker after they were told to pay the goods and services tax (GST) for a packet of rice.

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According to the restaurant's owner, the man - who was accompanied by a friend - had gotten upset upon finding out that the price of his food included GST and started yelling profanities at a Bangladeshi worker in Tamil.

He then threw the packet of rice to the the floor and punched the worker in the face before storming off.

This is what we think happened before the punching began.

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“They had rice, a piece of fried chicken and a piece of fried fish which cost them RM8.30, which included GST of 50 sen," the 40-year-old restaurant owner said.

"They were unhappy and punched one of my Bangladeshi workers. They also scolded them in Tamil and threw the rice onto the floor."

The owner said he had registered with the Customs Department last December to collect GST, and a notice had been put up at the cash counter to inform customers of the matter.

The violent episode did not end there. 10 minutes later, the duo came back and smashed a glass panel on the food warmers with a parang before fleeing on a motorcycle.

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Georgetown OCPD Mior Faridalathrash Wahid confirmed that a 39-year-old man had been arrested after the incident to assist with investigations in connection to the case

“The case will be investigated under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation,” said Mior Farid.

On a related note, nasi kandar restaurants charging unreasonably high prices for food is not exactly old news:

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