Malaysia's 2014 budget: View from Kuala Lumpur market
25 October 2013 Last updated at 11:27 BST
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has announced plans to impose a 6% goods and services tax by April 2015.
The government needs to cut its large fiscal deficit.
However, a consumption tax would be unpopular on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, as Jennifer Pak reports.