The Malaysian tax authority (LHDN) has decided to withdrew their appeal case against former prime minister Najib Razak’s daughter Nooryana Najwa to recover RM10.3 million in unpaid income tax.
According to a report by Malaysiakini, Nooryana’s lawyer shared that LHDN filed a notice not to proceed with the appeal on Monday (3 October).
However, another lawsuit brought by the IRB against Nooryana is still ongoing at the Shah Alam High Court, according to Nooryana’s attorney Muhammad Farhan Muhammad Shafee.
“Overall, the tax issue has been resolved. In regards to the Shah Alam suit, the trial dates have been vacated but the formal withdrawal process has not been finished yet,” he said.
On 26 August, LHDN filed a lawsuit against Nooryana to recover RM10.3 million in unpaid taxes from 2011 to 2017. However, she claimed that LHDN is attempting to tax her for money that her husband and his family have given to her.
On Wednesday (5 October), Nooryana took to her Instagram to share that lawsuit has been “settled”.
“We had already settled my tax case after my tax agents and IRB went through my case and they finally agreed that wang hantaran (dowry), ‘nafkah’ (spouse allowance) from my husband, and a house fully purchased by my in-laws using funds from abroad are not taxable.”
“Just like my father’s nonsensical RM1.7 billion tax case, the then Pakatan Harapan government’s sole objective was to persecute my family using LHDN even if it meant breaking all laws and rules, relying on abusing the ‘pay first, talk later’ clause,” she wrote.
Nonetheless, LHDN’s decision did not sit well with Malaysians who took it online to express the double standard applied to the average citizens, adding that the authorities only cares about protecting the rich.
We all need to learn her defence. Next time LHDN asked to pay tax, all of us can just use the same reason.— Nujum Pak Belalang (@melati_hani) October 5, 2022
“If ordinary people owed them RM18.60 also they will come and find you. Please step on a plug,” a netizen said.
“I made a small mistake in declaring my tax relief which shorted my taxable income for a mere RM3,000, yet I got fined, and this MOTHERFUCKER who has unpaid tax of RM10 million walks free?” another angry netizen said.
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