Customs ‘donate’ 10 cars to IRB

  • Nation
  • Friday, 04 Jun 2004

BANGI: The Customs Department handed over 10 confiscated Volvo cars to the Inland Revenue Board to be used by the board’s officers in going after tax dodgers. 

IRB chief executive Tan Sri Zainol Abidin Abdul Rashid said the board currently has 227 vehicles but they were not enough. 

“We need another 47 vehicles and we hope the Customs will give us more four-wheel drive vehicles which we can use in our raids against people escaping tax. 

“The IRB not only needs cars but also vans and motorcycles,” he said at IRB’s training centre. 

Zainol Abidin said the board was confident of collecting more taxes with the new vehicles. 

“We started our negotiations with the Customs in March and convinced them to give us some of the confiscated vehicles,” he added. 

Customs director-general Tan Sri Abdul Halil Abdul Mutalib said that the department would co-operate with IRB and try and hand over more vehicles in future.  

“These cars were confiscated because its owners had violated the laws in not paying sales tax and other offences. 

“About 1,800 vehicles are still with the Customs waiting to be auctioned,” he added. 

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