1,970 com­pa­nies have not set­tled taxes amount­ing to RM106 mil­lion

New Straits Times - - News - AVILA GERALDINE KOTA KIN­A­BALU

THE Sabah Cus­toms De­part­ment has put 1,970 com­pa­nies on its list of debtors which have yet to set­tle taxes amount­ing to nearly RM106 mil­lion.

The er­rant com­pa­nies are op­er­at­ing here and in Ku­dat dis­tricts (1,192) as well as Keningau (109); La­had Datu (192); San­dakan (295); and Tawau (182).

State Cus­toms di­rec­tor Datuk Janathan Kan­dok said restau­rants were the cul­prits with the most un­paid taxes, fol­lowed by con­struc­tion, trans­porta­tion, and hard­ware com­pa­nies, among oth­ers.

“Some of the taxes have been ac­cu­mu­lated over two years. For this month, we will fo­cus on col­lect­ing taxes from 500 debtors.

“They are the most stub­born but that doesn’t mean we are clos­ing our eyes.

“We will con­tinue with our op­er­a­tion the fol­low­ing month. It’s just a mat­ter of time be­fore they pay up,” he said af­ter launch­ing the state-level “Ops Ku­tip Hasil 30 Juta 500 Penghutang” here yes­ter­day.

Janathan said the de­part­ment had opened civil in­ves­ti­ga­tion pa­pers against 500 com­pa­nies, and said the mat­ter would be taken to court if the debtors failed to pay.

He said Cus­toms would work with other gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to help check on bank­ruptcy and the le­gal­ity of the busi­nesses, among oth­ers.

“At the mo­ment, we (Cus­toms) do not have a sys­tem to check on whether a busi­ness is op­er­at­ing with a valid li­cence or whether the peo­ple (run­ning the busi­ness) have valid reg­is­tra­tion.

“We have to rely on other de­part­ments to as­sist us. How­ever, I hope Cus­toms will have an in­te­grated sys­tem soon where we can just check their de­tails.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Na­tional Reg­is­tra­tion De­part­ment, In­sol­vency De­part­ment, Com­pa­nies Com­mis­sion of Malaysia and 24 lo­cal au­thor­i­ties at­tended the launch.


State Cus­toms di­rec­tor Datuk Janathan Kan­dok (sec­ond from left) launch­ing the op­er­a­tion to re­cover taxes from delin­quent com­pa­nies in Kota Kin­a­balu yes­ter­day.

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