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USCCAKK praises Musa's decision on religious tax
Published on: Thursday, January 12, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: The United Sabah Chinese Communities Association of Kota Kinabalu (USCCAKK) praised the decision by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman not to support the amendments made to the Income Tax Act.

During a courtesy visit to the Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Raymond Tan (pic) on Wednesday, the 15 association members led by its President Datuk Susan Wong said Musa's decision showed he is a leader who cares for the people regardless of religion and race.

At the same time, Tan said the amendment to the tax exemptions on non-Muslim religious bodies would lead to unfair treatment to the communities and could have widespread impact on Chinese education foundations.

He, however, acknowledged that the main objective of the amendments is to prevent abuse of religious donations for personal gain.

"But if that is so, then the authorities should inquire into respective cases instead of undermining the interest of the majority," he said.

Meanwhile, Tan was invited to be the special guest in the drum beating opening ceremony for the 2017 Chinese New Year Dragon, Unicorn and Lion Dance Festival on Saturday at 2.30pm in Likas Sports Complex.

The opening ceremony will be officiated by Musa.

Also present during the courtesy call were Deputy President Bong Chong Shui, Vice President Datuk Wong Hai Ming, Vice President Chua Kui Ting, Vice President-cum-Organising Chairman Soo Shau Kiong, Secretary-General Datuk Wong Yit Ming, committees members Datuk Chua Soon Ping, Dr Ling Fii Yeu, Dennis Gan, Ong Lee Chien and Baby Gan.

Entrance to the 2017 Chinese New Year Dragon, Unicorn and Lion Dance Festival is free and open to the public.

Performances by more than a hundred Dragon, Unicorn and Lion troupes will start at 1pm of which around 30 troupes will be competing in the contest.

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