VVIP’s wife did not buy pink diamond, Parliament told

A pink diamond and other jewellery were declared to the Customs, says Deputy Finance Minister Amiruddin Hamzah. (Reuters pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: A sales agent had brought in a pink diamond, along with other jewellery, for the “wife of a VVIP” and declared them with the Customs Department, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Similarly, Deputy Finance Minister Amiruddin Hamzah said, the agent declared the items when taking them out of the country.

“The jewellery was brought in by an agent. The agent brought it in and made a Customs declaration. Subsequently, there was a declaration of the same items when taken out.

“So, no purchase happened because the agent had taken the jewellery out,” Amiruddin said when winding up on the Customs (Amendment) Bill 2019 at the policy stage.

Wong Hon Wai (PH-Bukit Bendera) had asked if any Customs form had been filled up and excise or Customs duties paid in relation to over 40 pieces of jewellery involving a “wife of a VVIP”, who is also an MP.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng had confirmed last year that the woman in question did not pay taxes for the jewellery items that were sent to her.

He said the items were brought in by an export agent and were given to her.

Amiruddin (PH-Kubang Pasu) also explained that in general, no Customs or excise duties are imposed on jewellery items brought into the country.

He said there is no need to make a Customs declaration if the items are carried by the passengers themselves, whether in their luggage or if they wear the jewellery.

“There is no need for a declaration then. However, a declaration has to be made if the items are imported by cargo,” he said