KUALA LUMPUR — July 5, 2019: The Malaysian government has filed a lawsuit against former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, seeking RM1.69 billion in income tax which he owes for assessment from 2011 to 2017.
The suit, filed through Inland Revenue Board last June 25, named Najib as the sole defendant.
The government is seeking Najib to pay RM1,692,872,924.83, interest at five per cent a year from the date of judgment, as well as cost and other relief deemed fit by the court.
In the statement of claim, the government said that as stated through a notice of additional assessments dated last March 20, the additional tax assessments on Najib’s income for the years in question were RM116,173,374.12; RM320,929,932.31; RM891,573,465.46; RM119,144,655.51; RM16,879,500.03; RM643,445.21 and RM346,471.41 respectively.
The government claimed the notice was sent via registered mail to Najib on March 25 to his last address in Taman Duta and that the letter was never returned to sender.
It said that since Najib had failed to pay the taxes within the stipulated 30-day period as required under the law, the amounts were increased by 10 per cent.
Najib was given 60 days to pay the taxes, together with the increase, but still failed to do so. This led to an increase of another five per cent.
The case is fixed for case management on July 8. — Bernama