Rich, famous and dodging taxes

THEY appear to lead a life of luxury, but beneath the glitz and glamour these Malaysians have never paid any taxes in their entire lives.

A source from the Inland Revenue Board told Metro Ahad that artistes like radio deejays, actors, models and film directors owed between RM10,000 and RM700,000 in taxes.

This is in spite of getting endorsements, commercial deals or being in other business ventures.

According to the source, some household names had never filed an income tax return form and some had no idea what e-filing was.

“But there are some good examples, such as Datuk Siti Nurhaliza, Scha Alyahya, Salih Yaacob and Neelofa.

“They always pay their taxes on time,” said the source.

The news report also featured interviews with several artistes like actress Rita Rudaini, who was shocked by the amount of her outstanding income tax in 2014.

“It was my mistake for not caring much about it.

“The amount was quite high, but IRB gave me options to pay it in instalments,” she said.

> About a month ago, Super League squad Melaka United signed on promising Swedish midfielder Omid David Lazarte Nazari.

But the 25-year-old Iranian-Filipino footballer came down with severe food poisoning just shortly after arriving here.

Nazari lost several kilograms, reported Berita Harian and missed his first three pre-season matches under his new club.

Melaka United FC Association deputy president Datuk Wira Mohd Yusoff Mahadi told the daily that the club was concerned about Nazari’s health, with an international friendly against Cambodia coming up next week.

“I hope he will recover quickly. His touch in the midfield is very inspiring but we have not been able to try him out yet,” said Wira Mohd Yusoff, adding that Nazari was able to have one training session with the club’s coach before he became ill.

> A 64-year-old Batu Pahat grandmother kicked off 2017 in style after she won a RM1mil draw from Bank Simpanan Nasional.

Housewife Basarish Saad told Berita Harian said she could not believe her ears when she was contacted by the bank in November.

“I thought it was a prank, but my children advised me to check with BSN and even the staff there were congratulating me,” she said.

> A woman wrote to an advice column in Metro Ahad, lamenting that she only found out that her husband was married to someone else after the birth of their second child.

Known only as Fina, the mother of three said she discovered that the first wife of her husband already had five children with him.

“I was attacked by the first wife and my husband just kept quiet,” she wrote, adding that she had never seduced him in the first place.

The Agony Aunt advised her to have a heart-to-heart talk with the husband.

“If he is sincere, then show him a good example by making peace with all,” she said.

> Found in translation is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

Courts Crime , Malay Views