Busi­ness­man may be one of Dr M’s ‘friends’, claims blog­ger

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KUALA LUMPUR: A cor­po­rate fig­ure who had RM126 mil­lion seized from him by the au­thor­i­ties may be one of the “friends” Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad had claimed were harassed by gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

Blog­ger Lim Sian See, in a Face­book post­ing, said this in ref­er­ence to the seizure by the In­land Rev­enue Board on the sum placed as fixed de­posits with a for­eign owned bank by Coun­try Heights Hold­ings Bhd (CHHB) ex­ec­u­tive chair­man and ma­jor share­holder, Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew.

The blog­ger said he be­lieved Lee was one of the “friends” Dr Ma­hathir had re­ferred to when he com­plained re­peat­edly in his blog post­ings and ce­ramah where he claimed they were be­ing “harassed” by the board for be­ing close to him.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from Coun­try Heights, the seizure was made in con­nec­tion with RM22.5 mil­lion worth of tax li­a­bil­i­ties in­curred by the com­pany’s wholly-owned unit Coun­try Heights Sdn Bhd (CHSB) for as­sess­ment years 1997 and 1998.

Coun­try Heights had in­formed Bursa Malaysia that it had re­ceived no­ti­fi­ca­tion of the cash from Lee in a let­ter dated May 8.

“Tan Sri Lee fur­ther in­formed that he had re­quested a con­fir­ma­tion from the IRB of the seizure, and whether the seized funds had been or would be ap­plied to set­tle the tax li­a­bil­ity, but the IRB has yet to re­spond,” the no­ti­fi­ca­tion from Bursa Malaysia read.

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