Or at least that’s what our beloved Prime Minister tells us…
I finally went on my first post-GST grocery run earlier today.
If you can’t see the receipt clearly, basically it says:
- GST 0% Items: RM 69.49
- GST 6% Items: RM 23.99, Tax: RM 1.45
- Total Sales Inclusive GST: RM 89.95
According to AEON’s chart, unprocessed food items such as eggs, raw meat, vegetables and fruits are GST exempt. Processed food such as marinated meat and non food items are not exempt and we have to pay GST for them. Which is why most of the items I bought today are GST exempt.
By now you would think that I am jumping up and down in joy because since I am cooking so much, I should not feel the effects of GST. Look at the receipt, I am only spending RM 1.45 more compared to pre-GST times!
I would like to tell you, that is as far off the truth as the distance between the Earth and the Sun.
You see, I pretty much buy the same things every time. My purchases today are identical to my purchases exactly a month ago. Given that the vegetables and chicken breasts packs probably weigh slightly differently (hence should be priced slightly differently), but the difference should not be much, right?
Do you want to know how much I paid for said identical purchases last month? I did not keep the receipt, but I paid by credit card so I have the record.
That’s right, RM 69.75. You subtract that from RM 89.95 and that’s RM 20.20 difference! That’s about a 30% increase! Will you please excuse me because I now want to say…. FUCK! FUCK FUCK FUCK!!! BLOODY FUCK!!!
So, you see, on paper, and that’s the ONLY thing the government sees, GST only makes my weekly grocery expense increase by a paltry RM 1.45. As for the rest, they are hidden costs (plus suppliers taking opportunity to make bigger bucks I’m sure) that comes with GST that will not be tracked under the government’s KPI and like it or not, the people will have to bear the brunt.
The government are telling us relentlessly that implementing GST is good for the people, and that not everything will increase in price, and that many items will in fact reduce in price.
Yeah, right… In the same spirit, I am also now telling you that while driving back from the grocery run, I saw a unicorn flying in the sky with a winged cat chasing after it. Trust me, it’s true. 😉