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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Najib files application to examine IRB officers on bankruptcy notice


Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak has applied to examine five Inland Revenue Board (IRB) officers over their affidavits on the bankruptcy notice against him.

The notice against him was for failing to pay RM1.69 billion in additional tax arrears to the IRB.

His lawyer Wee Yeong Kang, when contacted by Bernama, said the application was filed on Sept 22, according to Rule 47 of the Insolvency Rules 2017.

Najib, 68, applied for a court order to examine the five officers on the grounds that the IRB failed to provide details on how the total amount of tax he was imposed with had been calculated.

Wee, during online case management in front of High Court Deputy Registrar Ida Rahayu Sharif today, said IRB informed they would file an application to strike out the examination application.

"The court then directed the IRB to file the application on Oct 13 and further case management has been set for Nov 9," said Wee.

Senior Revenue Counsel Al-Hummidallah Idrus, who represented the IRB at the proceedings, confirmed the matter when contacted.

The government, through the IRB, had filed a bankruptcy notice in the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Feb 4 against Najib as a debtor.

Based on the notice, Najib has to pay RM1.69 billion with a five percent interest rate per annum on the total balance from July 22, 2020 (date of the High Court's decision) to Feb 4, 2021.

The total payable amount as of the later date was RM1,738,804,204.16.

On July 22 last year, the High Court ruled that Najib had to pay the IRB RM1.69 billion in additional tax and penalties for the period 2011 to 2017 after allowing the IRB's application to enter a summary judgement against the former.

A summary judgement is when the court decides a particular case summarily, without calling witnesses to testify in a trial.

On Sept 9, the Court of Appeal affirmed the High Court ruling after dismissing Najib's appeal over the matter.

Najib then filed an application for leave to appeal to the Federal Court on Sept 13 against the Court of Appeal’s decision.


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