KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 – Businessman Low Taek Jho and Riza Aziz did not declare their incomes in Malaysia, Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani said today.
Johari (BN-Titiwangsa) added that because of this fact the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM) could not pose any taxation on either of them.
“(Their names) are not in the taxation files. It is because they did not declare their income in this country. If they declare, we will pose the tax on them,” Johari said in the Dewan Rakyat.
He was responding to Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut), who asked Johari to explain the source of Low Taek Jho and Riza Aziz’s income.
Lim said he posed the question after receiving information that Low and Riza’s wealth does not come from 1MDB.
“I’m asking about Jho Low and Riza Aziz financial sources, which the government had said that their wealth does not come from 1MDB.
“Is there any agency that investigate their financial sources? Whether its coming from a legal sources or not, or do they pay any taxation,” Lim said.
Johari replied that he could not answer the question, as it is not under his power as the Finance Minister II to come out with an official statement.
“The issue raised here is about investigation, I am not in the position to provide any answer as I am not in any investigating body,” Johari said.
He added that the IRBM will track anyone or any companies that try to evade taxes in this country.
“As long as the person has an income in this country, or any registered company in this country, he will have to pay tax. If not the IRBM will chase you.
“If they didn’t catch you today, they will catch them tomorrow, if not tomorrow, then maybe the next day.
“What I’m trying to say is, regardless you are the Prime Minister of Malaysia, or you are the second Finance Minister, if you have an income in this county, you will need to pay tax,” he added.