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Najib’s daughter perplexed by IRB’s ‘dowry tax’

Nooryana Najwa Najib

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — August 27, 2019: The daughter of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Nooryana Najwa, has questioned the government’s move to tax her over matrimonial matters, including that of her dowry payment.

Nooryana, claimed that it was ridiculous for the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) to seek RM10.3 million in unpaid taxes and penalties, from 2011 to 2017, based on monies she received from her husband and her joint-ownership of a house.

“Since last year when they started auditing me, I had long ago submitted all the proof including detailed bank transfer documents that shows most of these so-called income from abroad were transfers from my husband’s family.

“I also furnished proof showing that my in-laws purchased a home directly using their funds from abroad. My husband’s family then listed me as joint-owner of the home.

“Somehow, this act of listing me as joint owner with my husband is now considered by the government as my ‘income’!” read Nooryana’s statement on her Facebook wall.

And even if the IRB considered monies that were deposited from husband to wife as income, Nooryana asserted that these transfers were from abroad and thus, she claimed were not taxable.

“I have never thought that my husband putting me as joint owner of the house and money that my husband gives me for household expenses can be considered income. The government is hell-bent on going against my entire family.

“I do not blame the people in LHDN (IRB) as I know their hands are tied as there are politicians higher up that are the mastermind behind this,” claimed Nooryana who is married to Daniyar Kessibayev, a nephew of former Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev.

According to IRB’s statement of claim, yesterday, Nooryana had failed to submit the tax return forms to the IRB and that an assessment plus penalties had been raised through Notices of Assessment dated last March 15.

Three weeks ago, Nooryana’s brother, Datuk Mohd Nazifuddin, was also caught in a similar tangle with the IRB, in which he was claimed to have amassed outstanding taxes of RM37.6 million from 2011 to 2017.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.