Finance Minister-designate Lim Guan Eng addresses the media during a press conference in George Town. Pic by RAMDZAN MASIAM

GEORGE TOWN: Finance Minister-designate Lim Guan Eng dismissed a ‘circular’ from the ministry that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) would be abolished efective June 1.

However, he said Pakatan Harapan would keep its promise to abolish GST.

In dismissing the circular, Lim said as he had yet to be sworn in as finance minister, he did not have the authority to make any decision nor issue any statement.

Nor, he said, did the ministry, adding that only Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had the power to issue any circulars.

“Even then, I have checked with the ministry and the prime minister and no one had issued any circular. We will still do it (abolish GST) within 100 days of coming into power as promised.

“It is just that I have not taken my oath of office for now and cannot be issuing any statements to the effect,” he said at the Khazanah Nasional Bhd Penang office.

Lim also dismissed as fake a tweet which had been making its rounds claiming that he would close down Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), adding that a police report had been lodged over the matter.

Asked to comment on Dr Mahathir’s recent remarks over the Anti-Fake News Act, the DAP secretary-general said PH remained committed in wanting to repeal the law.

Stressing that the act was designed to cover up the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal, he noted that it was against freedom of press and freedom of speech.

“I am confident that our position remains the same... that PH’s position is to (repeal) the act,” he said, adding that he would clarify the matter with Dr Mahathir tomorrow before making any further comments.

The Anti-Fake News Act 2018 was passed by Parliament last month. It carries a jail term of six years and a RM500,000 fine.

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