"He simply hantam the figures lah," my friend said.
"And the BN people are not answering him properly. They even confirmed Rafizi's nonsense," he added
My friend was referring to this tit-for-tat between Rafizi and BN strategic communication (BNSC) deputy director Datuk Eric See-To.
First, Rafizi's claims which my friend said were all wrong,
Previously, Rafizi said that from RM60.3 billion in 2010, income tax collection was estimated to have reached RM112.3 billion in 2017, according to data obtained from the Treasury.
He also claimed that there was a drastic decline in personal income tax collections by the government even though the economy was developing.
“Personal income tax collection in 2012 was RM51,288 million but it went down in 2016 to RM27,566 million.
Then, this was Eric See-To's which my friend said failed to address Rafizi's wrong statistics,
On Aug 31, See-To took issue with the Pandan MP’s decision to compare the tax collections in Malaysia in 2010 to Australia’s tax collection average growth of 5.3% during the same period.
Rafizi, he said, failed to state that the GDP growth of Australia was just 2.7% during that period, which meant that tax collections had also outpaced economic growth there.
“Australia’s example shows that income tax collections outpacing economic growth is not unusual.”
So, I checked from the Inland Revenue Board figures, and this is what I found,
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Yup, I think my friend is right. Rafizi got all the figures wrong.
My friend is also right about Eric See-To failing to point it out to Rafizi, which in a way confirming the wrong stuff told by Rafizi.
I hope Rafizi can stop doing these sorts of monkey business of quoting the wrong statistics just to win over the rakyat's support. It's unethical, okay.
And I think Eric See-To and his team should do their job more diligently. I heard they were paid quite well. So, don't la do a sloppy job.