There is no political interference in the Inland Revenue Board’s bankruptcy proceedings against former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, the board’s legal representative submitted today.
Senior revenue counsel Norhisham Ahmad told the Kuala Lumpur High Court that the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings against Najib is just part of the IRB’s normal process to execute court judgment in tax suits.
“There is no political interference. We waited since July last year and did nothing with the (summary) judgment (against Najib in a RM1.69 billion tax suit).
“People would say we did nothing with the judgment. We need to do something with the judgment.
“When we get a judgment, we need to execute the judgment. This is what we have been doing since we have income tax (law),” Norhisham said.
Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak
He was submitting during online proceedings of Najib’s application to stay the High Court’s summary judgment in the government’s RM1.69 billion tax suit against the former premier.
Norhisham was counter-submitting for judge Ahmad Bache to dismiss Najib’s stay application.
The former premier is seeking the stay in order to temporarily prevent the IRB from proceeding with the bankruptcy proceedings against him, pending disposal of his related appeal at the Court of Appeal.
On July 22 last year, the High Court allowed the IRB’s application for summary judgment in its RM1.69 billion tax suit against Najib.
In effect, this meant that the High Court allowed IRB’s tax suit against Najib, without undergoing a full trial where witnesses need to testify.
Najib has an appeal pending at the Court of Appeal against the summary judgment ruling. That appeal is set to be heard by the Court of Appeal on June 16.
On April 8, Najib’s lead counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah described the bankruptcy proceedings against the former premier as politically driven.
On June 2, Najib filed an application to set aside the bankruptcy notice, which was served on him on April 5. – Malaysiakini