Malaysian prepaid players we’re given a 1st November deadline to revise its top up/reload pricing to its pre-GST days. At the moment, a RM10 top up would cost RM10.60 while a RM50 top up costs RM53, inclusive of 6% GST.
In last week’s 2016 Budget announcement, all Malaysian prepaid users will be entitled for a rebate on GST. This will take effect starting 1st January until 31st December 2016. With this new development, all reloads will still be sold with the extra 6% until 31st of December. The new directive of charging GST upon usage, instead of reloads will only take effect starting 1st January 2016.
As for the GST rebate for prepaid users, the mechanism isn’t clear at this point. We’re guessing each telco would issue a monthly statement which you can use to redeem your GST rebate. Hopefully the rebate back to your account balance would be an automated process. Just to refresh your memory, all local prepaid usage including calls, SMS and data are eligible for GST while offshore usage such as data roaming and international roaming calls are exempted from the 6% charge. You can refer to our earlier Budget 2016 announcement posts for further reading here.
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