Sabah Postpones Implementation of Sales Tax on Seafood Exports

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government will postpone the implementation of the State Sales Tax (SST) for seafood exports until the economic situation improves, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan.

The Sabah Agriculture and Fisheries Minister said the state government would also conduct further studies on the economic situation in Sabah, especially the current situation in the business industry.

“The government takes note of the feedback from traders and is concerned about the implementation of SST on the seafood industry. The government understands their concern as it is unfair to put additional pressure on the private sector at this time.

“Hence my ministry has discussed the situation with the Chief Minister who is also the Finance Minister, and decided that, although we cannot repeal the tax, it will be postponed immediately until a further date is announced,” he said in a statement here today.

He hoped the deferral of SST on the seafood export industry would provide relief to industry players.

“The state government will always support the private sector because this sector is the backbone of Sabah’s economy and the largest contributor to employment opportunities in the state,” he added.