Go lodge a police report, Guan Eng told over tax refund expose

Fairul Asmaini Mohd Pilus and Nur Lela Zulkipli

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani said Lim Guan Eng should lodge a police report that the previous government had “misappropriated and misused” taxpayers’ money totalling RM16.046 billion. “You cannot just make a sweeping statement like that. “He should lodge a police report so that an investigation can be initiated over such a serious allegation,” he said when contacted over Lim’s statement. Johari, who is Titiwangsa Umno division chief, said he didn’t want to comment beyond that as the issue was better addressed by former Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah and also the chief executive officer of the Inland Revenue Board (IRB). Lim had earlier today issued a statement that the previous government had failed refund the excess income tax and real property gains tax paid by taxpayers totalling RM16.046 billion as of 31 May 2018. The RM16.046 billion of outstanding tax refunds not returned by the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB) involves 1,653,786 cases of companies, individuals, societies and foundations. He said the cases date back to more than six years ago. Meanwhile, netizens also reacted to Lim’s statement by expressing shock over the latest revelation, while others called on him to lodge a police report instead of merely exposing the matter. Ang Teck Yiaw, who posted on the New Straits Times (NST) Facebook page said the country's Auditor General and his team ought to be sacked for failing to disclose the matter in its annual reports. “How can this happen over a six year period and escape the annual audit. This is Malaysia, anything can happen.” another critic, Razalie Hassan, posted: “Always blaming...if its true go and make a police report..as Confucius said ...a wise man has something to say, but a fool has to say something.” © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd