KUALA LUMPUR – Sept 28, 2016: A Brisbane-based Malaysian timber and mining businessman is filing a suit here tomorrow against the Australian government for its tax evasion charges against him.
Sir Hii Yii Ann, who is from Sibu, will file an originating summons against the Australian deputy commissioner of taxation. He will be represented by the Alvin John and Partners law firm.
Earlier in 2014, the Business Insider daily reported that Hii had committed tax evasion between 2001 and 2009 by claiming that he was not a resident in Australia.
Hii, who was knighted in 2007 for services to the timber industry in Papua New Guinea, denied the allegation.
Instead he complained that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) had incorrectly recorded his international income, rather than income earned and declared in Australia.
The Australian Supreme Court granted an enforcement warrant to the ATO last March, giving it a year to seize and sell the businessman’s vacant land on Brisbane’s southern fringes.
The issue has since caught the attention of many, including prominent blogger Datuk Ahirudin Attan.
In his recent blog post, Ahirudin wrote thus: “One case that has been brought to my attention involves a Malaysian businessman, who stands to lose every property that he’d invested Down Under since 2001 after the Australian authorities – and media – accused him of tax evasion (a claim the businessman denies).
“The businessman has filed an unprecedented lawsuit against the Australian government in the Kuala Lumpur courts. The case is up for mention next this Thursday 29/9/16.”