Bukit Aman is now investigating allegations of power abuse and the use of false documents by the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN), following a report lodged by former prime minister Najib Razak.
“The investigation is being carried out by Bukit Aman’s commercial crime investigation department. You’ll need to contact them,” Sentul district police chief Beh Eng Lai told FMT.
Earlier this month, Najib lodged a police report after he received information and “compelling evidence” that officers involved in his tax issues as well as “certain politicians” had committed the offences.
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 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.
Najib claimed that he had since been informed that the issue was investigated thrice since 2018 and that no wrongdoing had been found.
Despite this, he claimed there was a “top LHDN official” who ordered the tax penalties to be levelled on 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 Commissioners 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. – FMT