3 more Warisan reps claim visit by income tax officers

Kuamut assemblyman Masiung Banah (left) looks on while an Inland Revenue Board officer takes down his particulars on Wednesday. The photo was uploaded by Masiung’s wife on her Facebook page but has since been removed.

KOTA KINABALU: At least three Warisan assemblymen have claimed that they were visited by income tax officers after a special team from the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) raided the house of Kuamut assemblyman Masiung Banah on Wednesday.

FMT learnt the visits took place on the same day.

The officers did not seize anything but only told the assemblymen they were checking whether they had not declared any additional income for the previous years.

Kamabong assemblyman Jamawi Jaafar said the team visited his house here at 11am.

He said he was surprised by the reason given by the officers as he had been “faithfully” declaring his earnings and paying his income tax when it was time to do so.

“The officers told me they wanted to see if I had not declared my income for the last five years. But that cannot be since I have filed my income tax returns every year.

“They said they were just doing their job, but it’s all right, I will abide by the notice to fill in the forms in 30 days.”

Another Warisan assemblyman said to have been contacted by the LHDN officers asked not to be named while the third could not be contacted.

It was reported that officers did not confiscate any item but only took pictures in and around Masiung’s house in Kepayan here on Wednesday. His wife had uploaded photos of the officers going through their house.

Warisan secretary-general Loretto Padua Jr questioned the officers’ visit amid the political uncertainty in the country.

He said elected representatives aligned to Warisan, Upko, DAP and PKR were being “pressured” to cross over to the opposition.

Chief Minister Shafie Apdal had also previously accused the Perikatan Nasional government of trying to put political pressure on his elected representatives.

FMT has reached out to LHDN comments.

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