KUALA LUMPUR: The Federation of Commercial Photographic Society Malaysia has called on the relevant ministries to rollback the Sales and Service Tax (SST) on photographic equipment. MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong, who also serves as an advisor to the group, urged the government to take listen to the photography equipment sales industry, which is currently hampered by the implementation of the SST. "As the advisor for the association, we would like to appeal to the government to consider our appeal and heed our pleas, because this industry is currently suffering due to SST. "Since the implementation of SST, and the currency exchange rate against the US dollar, most of our members have come back to us saying that sales have dropped by over 30%," he said during a press conference at Wisma MCA, here today. Chong also went on to say that the industry will lose prospective buyers from the millions of tourists who buy photographic equipment in Malaysia compared to neighbouring countries. Efforts by the society to reach out to the government includes an online petition currently circulated to gather support and to be submitted to the Finance Ministry in the nearest time. Effective Sept 1, SST was implemented at 10% for sales tax and 6% tax for services, replacing GST following the Sales Tax Bill 2018 and Service Tax Bill 2018 which was passed in Parliament on Aug 20.