Sarawak cannot impose sales tax on petroleum products, says expert


Dateline 2019-10-08, FMT:

 The Sarawak government’s move to impose sales tax on petroleum products may hit a snag as the state can only impose the tax on items under the state list of the Federal Constitution.

Constitutional law expert Shad Saleem Faruqi said petroleum products are stated in the federal list under the Ninth Schedule of the constitution.

This follows a dispute between Petronas and Sarawak on the state’s rights to impose sales tax on petroleum products under Article 95B(3) of the Federal Constitution and Sales Tax Ordinance 1998.

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