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Women trim vegetables in a market in Kuala Lumpur March 3, 2015. The Customs Department cancelled today a gazetted order on some 60 food items. — Reuters picWomen trim vegetables in a market in Kuala Lumpur March 3, 2015. The Customs Department cancelled today a gazetted order on some 60 food items. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 — The Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD) said it was cancelling the goods and services tax (GST) on over 60 food items,  due to be enforced on July 1, after referring to the Finance Ministry.

“Following consultation, it was decided to annul the “Goods and Services Tax (Zero Rated Supplies) Order 2014 (Amendment) (No.2) 2017” (the Order).

“Following this decision, RMCD is requesting the relevant parties to take note of this matter,” said Director-General Datuk Subromaniam Tholasy in a statement today.

Local media had reported that more than 60 zero-rated food items would be subject to the six per cent GST from July 1, after the order was gazetted on June 6, 2017.

Under the order, food items such as eel, swordfish, corn, frozen vegetables and imported fruits like avocados, apricots, figs, grapes, nectarines, cherries, and berries would have been subject to the six per cent GST. — Bernama

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