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The government has not decided if the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be imposed on the purchase of petrol and diesel, deputy finance minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan has said, according to a Bernama report.

It is possible that a decision may be reached when the government announces the new fuel subsidy rationalisation mechanism soon, he said, adding that the Cabinet was evaluating a list of 255 items to determine if they would or would not be subjected to GST.

“(Translated) So I will not say if fuel will be subjected to GST or not,” Bernama quoted Ahmad as saying at a Q&A session held during a GST social media briefing in Putrajaya.

Ahmad urged the public to obtain accurate information on the implementation of GST through the websites of the Communications and Multimedia ministry, the Finance ministry and the Royal Malaysian Customs.

It was announced in Budget 2014 that a 6% GST will replace sales tax and service tax from April 1, 2015, and that transport services like buses, trains, LRT, taxis, ferries, boats and highway tolls would be exempted from GST.