Of Nora Danish, tax exemptions, and the rest of us…

Nazri, Nedim and Nora (again)

11 Nov 2016


Like Nora Danish, I want tax exemptions too


November 11, 2016

If Nora Danish is eligible for tax exemptions on “occupation costs” incurred to look beautiful, Fa wants the same for her occupation as a writer.


A couple of days ago, a local news daily carried a piece of “gempak” news about local actress Nora Danish, who not only offered suggestions but also urged the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) to consider giving artistes tax exemptions for the amount of money they spent on maintaining their attractive looks.

Nora claimed that celebrities like herself spent an exorbitant amount to maintain their appearance as this was crucial for their careers. Hence, she felt the cost spent by artistes to “look good” in public should be recognised as an occupational cost.

To be completely honest, when I first read it, I wore an uneasy smirk on my face – you know, the kind you usually have when you’re experiencing a bad tummy ache but try your best to hide? But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense.

Seriously, having tax exemptions for a list of “expenses” recognised as occupational costs can really shift a whole load off our shoulders.

Take me, for example. As a columnist, playwright and scriptwriter, one of my occupational costs is food expenses. Day in day out, I have to sit in mamak shops, kopitiams, cafés and restaurants hoping for inspiration and insight from the people around me – this helps me write stories which reflect the lives of ordinary Malaysians. If only I could enjoy tax exemption for my F&B expenses as per the “Nora Danish Tax Exemption Proposal”, it would be simply marvellous.

My work also involves a lot of creativity – working on real life documentaries and television shows requires me to indulge in a lot of thinking and analysis of real-life conditions. Writing for my theatre pieces meanwhile challenges me to think out of the box. Like computers crashing when overworked, my brain too has a tendency of doing that. Thus, I need a few short and extended “time-out” sessions to allow my brain the chance to recuperate and keep up with my daily work demands. Therefore, the expenditure incurred by trips to spas, reflexology centres as well as holiday packages should also be recognised as among my occupational costs.

At times, I am required to interview well-known personalities. I cannot possibly meet them dressed shabbily. Like Nora Danish, I too have to look good, colour my face, spray litres of perfume behind my ears and put on a nice, classy outfit – and as I see it, all these are also my occupational costs.

What else…what else…

Oh yes! You know, as a writer, I have no other alternative but to work on computers and laptops every day – so much so that I think my eyesight is deteriorating. An annual eye check up with the ophthalmologist and a new pair of snazzy spectacles every year, by right, should also be bundled into my occupational costs under the “Nora Danish Tax Exemption Proposal”.

Anyway, I would like to thank Nora Danish for being the one who brought this matter to the IRB’s attention – because of her, the IRB can be pressured to consider tax exemptions for “operational costs” for every ordinary working Malaysian and not only our artiste friends.

Perhaps in the future, the IRB can also consider including acting classes as part of operational costs. Maklumlah, these days many of our self-acclaimed celebrity actors tend to depend on their attractiveness alone to cover up for their poor acting talent. Kan?




zealousofficial ™ Retweeted amira nabila

Idop bossned dan nora danish…ahahha

zealousofficial ™ added,

1h1 hour ago

연예인 세금 감면 받아야 한다고 주장하는 배우     말레이시아 배우 노라 대니쉬(Nora Danish)가 ‘세금 할인’을 주장하며 논란이 되고 있다. 지난 9일(현지 시간) 영국 일간 더선…

Translated from Korean by

Artists must learn to argue that tax cuts Malaysia actress Nora Danishes (Nora Danish) ‘ claimed ‘ controversial tax discount. In the past 9 days (local time) United Kingdom day more …


17h17 hours ago

Kurang Pengetahuan Punca Artis Minta Pelepasan Cukai Lagi – Zed Zaidi


Nora Danish Wants More Tax Relief For Looking Good? There’s More To This Than You Think: Popular local actress Nora


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