31 August 2017
They had raided Mahathir’s 3 sons.
Are they targetting Opposition supporters next?
Yesterday, Rafizi, the Pandan MP, said the IRB was targeting opposition supporters and even the dead and that he had proof.
He reasoned that the increased income tax collection, which was disproportionate to the country’s economic growth, was due to “aggressive audits on businesses associated with Pakatan Harapan and collecting taxes from dead people”.
Rafizi added that social media had also been reporting cases of IRB sending notices to those who were already dead.
31 August 2017
IRB dismisses Rafizi’s claims agency targeting opposition supporters
IRB CEO Sabin Samitah says it does not discriminate when carrying out enforcement against non-compliant taxpayers.
PETALING JAYA: The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) has dismissed PKR’s Rafizi Ramli’s claims that it is unfairly targeting opposition supporters.
Speaking to FMT, IRB CEO Sabin Samitah said IRB’s enforcement strategies have only one objective — to make compliance easy and non-compliance difficult.
“This is important to create a fair tax system, especially for taxpayers who have been compliant in fulfilling their tax obligations.
“We would like to stress that our audit and investigation activities are carried out on all non-compliant taxpayers, without taking into account age, race, gender or political inclination.”
On notices sent to the deceased, Sabin said the practice was not unusual as it was a norm to collect tax debt which must be settled.
“IRB collects taxes based on the Income Tax Act 1967, and not merely through the normal practice,” he said, adding the outstanding debt of deceased individuals would be collected from the administrator of their estate or next of kin.
He said the IRB would send notices to the last known address of a deceased individual who had outstanding debts.
“The administrator of the estate or the next of kin may contact any IRB branch to obtain more information regarding the tax standing of the deceased.”
It is understood that countries like Singapore and Australia also require the executor of a deceased person’s estate to settle that person’s tax matters.
On Sunday, Hishammuddin had urged the authorities to probe Mahathir and his children, saying the former premier was no angel when he was in power.
11 August 2017
Lawyer: IRB action against Mahathir’s sons to frighten supporters
The raids, conducted on the same day that the RCI into forex losses began, says lawyer Haniff Khatri, show the government wants to instil fear in the minds of opposition supporters, especially businessmen.
PETALING JAYA: The simultaneous raids that the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) conducted on the offices of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s three sons have been questioned for their timing.
This is especially so with the elections looming on the horizon, and the commencement of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the multi-billion ringgit losses incurred by Bank Negara Malaysia through foreign exchange trading in the 1980s and early 1990s.
“The raids were done on the same day (Tuesday) and that is more than just a coincidence,” Dr Mahathir’s lawyer, Haniff Khatri told FMT.
“They also took place on the first day of the RCI against Tun (Dr Mahathir), which we all know is a tool for the government to go after him.
“All these point to one thing: that the government is shifting to the fourth gear, and is using the scare tactic against opposition supporters and sympathisers.”
Subject Najib and his family to raids too, says Mahathir
Former prime minister says the anti-graft agency should also raid the office of Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.
KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Mahathir Mohamad says the prime minister and his family should be subject to raids as well, following the Inland Revenue Board’s (IRB) recent raids on the offices of his sons’ companies.
Speaking at a press conference today, the former prime minister said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should carry out raids on the offices of Prime Minister Najib Razak and his sons as well.
“I think we should do this raiding more often and we should also subject Najib, his family, his wife, his son and his son-in-law to raids.
“All of them should be subjected to raids. The whole world has mentioned Najib but there has been no raids,” he said.
“They have their rights, they can do what they like. The government has the power to abuse.”
Mahathir, who is also Pakatan Harapan chairman, added that more should be revealed on the wealth of a “certain minister” who suggested that he be subjected to raids and investigations.
“I suggest we should also (subject Defence Minister) Hishammuddin Hussein to a raid, because we know that we need to study the lifestyle of these people, and also extend it to his brother and sister, as they sometimes use the names of their brothers and sisters.
“But they are welcome to examine all my books and everything. MACC is also welcome,” he said.
10 August 2017
Mukhriz: Raids expected, harassment will continue
Parti Pribumi Malaysia Bersatu (Bersatu) deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir is not surprised that the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) raided companies belonging to him and his brothers.
“We expected this,” he told reporters in Parliament this afternoon.
Mukhriz claimed that the raids were politically motivated and expected the “harassment” towards his family to continue.
However, the son of former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he and his brothers, Mokhzani and Mirzan, would cooperate with the IRB.
“I think those guys are doing a professional job. They are taking instructions from people who have a political interest.
“… I expect we have to submit some documents to fulfil the requirements such as tax declaration documents,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mahathir, who was also in Parliament, welcomed the raids, saying that more such searches should be conducted by the authorities.
The Pakatan Harapan chairperson also urged the authorities to probe Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, his wife, son and son-in-law as well as his cousin, Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.
Pressure piles up as IRB raids companies of Mahathir’s 3 sons
A coincidence? Marina Mahathir doesn’t think so
PETALING JAYA: On the same day that Mokhzani Mahathir’s Kencana Capital Sdn Bhd office was raided by the Inland Revenue Board (IRB), the offices of Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s two other sons were also raided.
A source close to the former prime minister’s family told FMT last night that the IRB had, on Aug 8, also raided Opcom Holdings Berhad and Crescent Capital Sdn Bhd.
According to Opcom’s official website, the company was established in November 1994 as a private limited company.
It deals primarily in the manufacture of fiber optic cables and cable-related products.
Mokhzani is listed as its “Chairman and Chief Executive Officer”. Mukhriz on the other hand, is mentioned as a “major shareholder of the company”.
Meanwhile, Mahathir’s eldest son Mirzan, who holds an MBA from top business school Wharton, is listed as the CEO of Crescent Capital which is an investment holding and financial advisory company.
Mahathir’s daughter, social activist Marina, confirmed the source’s information.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence. Or that they (IRB) are just doing their job,” she said in a text message to FMT.
Umno leaders, including its deputy president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and supreme council member Nazri Aziz, had recently called for a probe on the Mahathir family wealth.
IRB ‘raids’ Dr M’s son’s company, says source
9 Aug 2017, 5:07 pm (Updated 9 Aug 2017, 6:03 pm)
The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) has purportedly raided a company belonging to one of Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s sons, according to a source close to the former premier.
“Yes, it is (true about the alleged raid). Not today, (it happened) yesterday,” he told Malaysiakini.
Malaysiakini had sighted photographs purportedly taken during the raid. However, there were no details as to where the alleged raid took place or the firm involved.
However, the source said it is believed that the company belongs to Mokhzani, who is one of the richest people in Malaysia.
The alleged raid comes in the wake of a series of calls from Umno ministers such as Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz for the wealth of Mahathir’s family to be investigated.
Mahathir had said since last year claimed that his friends and family are being targeted by the IRB due to him being on the warpath against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
The former premier has often been accused of cronyism and nepotism during his 22 years in office.
However, Mahathir has denied these allegations, including that his children had benefitted from his position.
In this year’s Forbes list, Mokhzani was ranked 34 among the top 50 richest Malaysians. He had also once served as the Umno Youth treasurer.