Muhyiddin under fire over GST flip-flop

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – April 2, 2018: Pribumi Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was roasted on Facebook after a political satire page highlighted his inconsistent views on the Goods and Services Tax.

The page did so by publishing a footage of Muyhiddin condemning the consumption tax during yesterday’s anti-GST protest, followed by another video of him censuring GST critics when he was still with Barisan Nasional (BN).

“Must watch! Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin led an abolish-GST demonstration at Sogo this morning. Excellent! Tan Sri,” was the sarcastic caption of the Facebook video post written by the administrators of Tentera Troll Kebangsaan Malaysia.

In the first half of the video, Muhyiddin, whose 45-year stint with BN ended in 2016, insisted that the people are heavily burdened by GST, which is why Pakatan Harapan will abolish it if it forms the government after the next general elections.

“They (the opposition) say that it (GST) will burden the people with price hikes. Truth is, they are not experts. They don’t know that a lot of goods were exempted from GST,” said Muhyiddin in the second half of the video.

Not entirely surprising, Muhyiddin’s supposed hypocrisy did not go down well with followers of the page, with many penning caustic remarks against the former deputy prime minister.

“When he’s (Muhyiddin) in Umno, GST is good but when he’s out of Umno then suddenly he wants it to be abolished. The politics of today…,” wrote Adam Lawrence.

“Ladies and gentlemen, as you can see, the main requirement for joining Pakatan is stupidity, manipulative and a natural talent for doing turnabouts,” was the caustic remark from Zackey Zack.

“He sure sings a different tune now that he’s out of Umno. Sorry Muhyiddin, you’re too full of bull#$%*. No sane person would be dumb enough to trust you,” wrote Ismail Ahmad.

“These forked tongue ilk must not be allowed to rule the country. Just look at how Muhyiddin praised the GST before he was ousted. My bet is, once they form government he will do another turnabout and keep GST as it is,” Ihsan Ibrahim speculated.




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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.