- The Bagan Member of Parliament said that since Penang now has a critical mass with a mature manufacturing industry base, this will drive development and boost the growth of the service sector, not only in the northern region, but in the whole country.
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 13): Former finance minister Lim Guan Eng (pictured) has proposed that the federal government create a special financial zone in Penang, which focuses on the northern region, just like the one in Forest City, Johor.
The Bagan Member of Parliament said that since Penang now has a critical mass with a mature manufacturing industry base, this will drive development and boost the growth of the service sector, not only in the northern region, but in the whole country.
“It was reported that Penang contributed RM10 billion in state tax to the federal revenue recently. There were also reports of 436 projects worth RM22.17 billion having been approved for Kelantan, and 511 projects with a cost of RM29.5 billion for Pahang.
“We do not object to the allocation given, but we have to help all states, and I hope the federal government will give consideration to development in Penang, as this state is the country’s largest export contributor,” he said while debating the motion for the Mid-Term Review of the 12th Malaysia Plan in the Dewan Rakyat on Wednesday.
Lim also proposed that the government raise the minimum wage to at least RM2,000, and cut the corporate tax rate to 20%, in order to reach the median monthly wage of RM4,510 by 2030.
He also put forward that small and medium enterprises with a first taxable profit of RM1 million should only be taxed at a rate of 15%.
In addition, industries should be encouraged to adopt sustainable practices that minimise raw resource waste and protect the environment.
“Industries which practise this concept should be given additional tax incentives as well as a 5% lower-than-usual corporate tax deduction.
“If the corporate tax is cut to 20%, then those involved in the secular economy should only be charged 15%,” he said.
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