Its Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek told the Dewan
"It is possible if there is a law forcing (them) to absorb GST, but it is not in my capacity to force any company to absorb the GST," he said when winding up the debate over the motion on the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP), here, Monday.
Several members of
Refuting the allegation the ministry was more in
"I can force the telecommunication company to invest in telecommunication towers to ensure every citizen get the facility, that is under the ministry's jurisdiction.
"This is to ensure a good service. What is the use of us
In the meantime, Ahmad Shabery said the government had no plans to control the price of the telecommunication service because the sector was among those industries which always offered competitive prices.
"One day calls may be free, short messaging service can be free because there is the WhatsApp application, they (telecommunication companies) are forced to compete, but to impose a floor price may not be wise currently because they may be able to offer cheaper rates," he said.
In addition, Ahmad Shabery said the freedom of the press was not an important foundation towards becoming a developed nation.
He said an overly free media could invite untoward action which could adversely affect national harmony.
"Do we want to be a nation with the