IRB denies ‘gangster-like’ raid, says op was carried out professionally

The Inland Revenue Board says it has stopped conducting surprise raids since May last year.

PETALING JAYA: The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) has denied accusations of a “gangster-like” raid in March last year, stating the operation was conducted professionally and according to protocol.

In a statement, its CEO Sabin Samitah also said the department had stopped conducting surprise raids since May last year.

Commenting on a Malaysiakini report quoting a college spokesperson as claiming that IRB officials had threatened to shoot a lecturer during the raid, Sabin said the operation was conducted in accordance with provisions of the Income Tax Act 1967.

“We are weighing these allegations and will not hesitate to take legal action against any party seeking to tarnish the image of the agency,” he said.

The report quoted the college spokesperson as alleging that an IRB official locked students in a room during the raid.

It was claimed that a lecturer, an Indian national was ordered to sign some documents on behalf of the college management despite not being authorised to do so.

The raid was carried out simultaneously on 14 premises linked to the college, with 50 IRB officers, policemen and Kuala Lumpur City Hall personnel taking part, the report said.

It said the college was seeking the intervention of Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng because of the alleged slow pace of investigations into the raid.