"The Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be implemented from 1 April 2015, and it is timely for retailers to start preparing for its implementation. The implementation of GST will ensure the country’s tax system be more transparent, fair, equitable and business-friendly. While there are concerns from the business community, including from the retail sector, of the impact of GST on the costs of business, I believe these concerns can be addressed without a major price hike to consumers. In fact, the Government expects a reduction in price up to 4.1 per cent, of 532 products or 56 per cent of the basket of goods which constitute the Consumer Price Index (CPI). This is supported by the commitment from the Government not to impose the GST on basic food items and services." - Dr. Ali
27/06/2013 - JPA To Enhance Transformation Framework To Expedite Decision Making Process
PUTRAJAYA: The main framework of the transformation of civil service being drafted by the Public Service Department (JPA) would expedite the action of government departments in making decisions.
JPA director-general, Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal said at the moment the framework applied by JPA itself has not been extended to other government departments.
He said it would be implemented in six months before the department discussed with all ministry secretary-general level to study in detail before extending it to all government departments.
Mohamad Zabidi said through the new framework, each department would set up a 'task force' specialising in each assignment, so that there would not be too many layers in the process of decision making and according to the framework it involves aspects of human, organizational structure, delivery system, cooperation as well as patriotism.
"Government departments have a hierarchy of many positions from the lowest to the highest grade for a decision to be made. As such, the power could be delegated to the officer in each task force to make the decision and the officer need to be confident to do so," he said after the closing mentoring convention (Akrab), here, Thursday.
Earlier Mohamad said Akrab was expected to have 10,000 members by 2015 compared with 6,500 currently and according to him, through Akrab, government servants could share their effort and ideas to improve work motivation.