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Fair Tax Treatment in ASEAN Capital Market crucial

Date of Publication: 21 August 2017; Source: Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 (Bernama) - A fair tax treatment in the ASEAN capital market is pivotal to spur intra-ASEAN capital flow, said CIMB Group Chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak.

For example, in accessing government Bhat and corporate bonds in Thailand's capital market, Malaysian investors would be imposed capital tax gains while Singaporean and Korean investors were exempted, he said, adding that Singaporean investors were also exempted from taxes on Indonesian Rupiah government bonds, while Malaysian and Korean investors were slapped with the tax.

"Shouldn't we have a rule where all ASEAN investors are subject to the minimum level of taxation that will be applied by each country"

"ASEAN countries should receive the best in class tax treatment in all capital market across ASEAN," he said on the sidelines of the ''ASEAN Roundtable Series, Deepening Capital Markets In ASEAN: Opportunities and Challenges'' here today.

Nazir stressed that rules and regulation of each country should be equal and fair and, this could be achieved under the ASEAN framework.

"As we come closer together, the framework would be able to provide us that fairly simple initiative - to treat all ASEAN investors equally," he added.

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