This column first appeared on the Malay Mail Online on May 21, 2015.
MAY 22 — Dilbear Singh’s conundrum is making him go nuts, or more like drawn away from the fried sort. The Air Force pensioner’s local — and favourite — kacang putih (nut snacks) vendor is charging his patrons Goods and Services Tax (GST). So, the five-ringgit fried peanuts come with the additional six per cent handwritten on the receipt, not a machine-issued one.
This has irked the serviceman who before helped planes land—and presumably take off — in the Signals Corp for 22 years.