Najib lodges police report against Inland Revenue Board

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PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Najib Razak has lodged a police report against the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN), alleging, among other things, abuse of power and the use of false documents.

In a Facebook post, the Pekan MP said the report was made after he received information and ‘strong evidence’ that officers involved in his case as well as ‘certain politicians’ had committed the offences with regard to the action taken against him by the LHDN on his ongoing tax issues.

In July 2020, the High Court ordered Najib to pay the government, through LHDN, RM1.69 billion in additional taxes and penalties.

This was followed by a bankruptcy notice filed by the LHDN on Feb 4 against the former Umno president for failing to pay the RM1.69 billion in additional tax arrears from 2011 to 2017.

However, according to Najib, somebody had since informed him that the issue had been investigated three times since 2018 and that no wrongdoing had been found.

Despite this, he claimed there was a ‘top LHDN official’ who ordered the tax penalties still be levelled at him on the instruction of certain politicians.

Najib said this official had also been instructed to not allow his case to be taken to the Special Commissioner of Income Tax for appeal and to continue actions to declare him bankrupt without giving him an opportunity to dispute the assessment.

He said it is believed those involved had violated Sections 167, 192, 196, and 197 of the Penal Code and Section 23 of the MACC Act, which involves abuse of power and use of false documents.

Najib insisted the tax penalties imposed against him have been done so improperly, as the RM2.6 billion he had returned to its sender was still counted as income, as was money he transferred between two accounts which were under his own name.

“I invite all parties, especially the tax auditors, to check my income tax file, which has already been submitted to the court.

“I will also write a letter to the LHDN to give them permission to disclose my income tax file for (the relevant) years to any interested party, so that they can see for themselves the validity of the additional tax against me which is completely absurd and beyond the law.”

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