Najib ordered to pay MYR1.69B additional income tax

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR) – The High Court of Malaysia ruled that Datuk Seri Najib Razak must pay additional income tax totalling MYR1.69 billion to the government.

This is following a summary judgement that has been entered against the former Prime Minister.

A summary judgement is when a court makes its decision without going to a full trial.

“There exists no triable issues to warrant a full trial. Consequently, the court has no alternative but to enter a summary judgement against the defendant for the amount claimed by the plaintiff.

“This court holds that a summary judgment is entered against the defendant for the amount claimed by the plaintiff as in the plaintiff’s statement of claims, that is MYR1,692,872,924.83 with cost,” Justice Ahmad Bache said yesterday.

The court also fixed MYR15,000 in costs.

On June 25,2019, the government, through the Inland Revenue Board (IRB), filed a suit against Najib seeking payment for MYR1,692,872,924.83, with five per cent a year interest from the date of judgement, as well as costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.

It also said Najib was given 60 days to pay the taxes but had failed to do so.

In July the same year, Najib filed an application to stay the proceedings of the main suit pending an appeal on the tax assessment to IRB, but it was dismissed, resulting in a hearing of submission for summary judgement.