An important issue that should surface during coming debates about the impending Goods and Services Tax (GST) is how it affects the basic relation between the government and the Rakyat.
The curse of having ample natural resources – which Malaysia has suffered from to a considerable extent – is the mentality and culture developed among politicians and civil servants that taxes – and thus citizens – are not really essential to its budgetary balance. In fact, in such a situation, citizens are perceived more often as just a cost item and not a source of income, and therefore without a right to demand accountability of the government.
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