Tan denies he is under investigation for tax evasion

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  • Monday, 13 Mar 2017

(BRIEF CAPTION) Tan Sti Tan Kok Ping (right) and Jawi assemblymen Soon Lip Chee arrived at Session Court in George Town,Penang. Star pic by: ZHAFARAN NASIB/ 30 June 2016.

GEORGE TOWN: A prominent Tan Sri businessman in Penang has denied that he has been implicated in the investigation for alleged tax evasion and corruption.

Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce executive adviser Tan Sri Tan Kok Ping said he has nothing to do with the probe.

“There are always rumours about me. Don’t spread lies as I have nothing to do with the investigation.

“The authorities are welcome to investigate as I have done nothing wrong,” he said yesterday.

It is learnt that a Tan Sri businessman from Kedah was asked to produce himself at the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) office on Tuesday while his business associate, a Tan Sri businessman from Penang, was hauled up on Wednesday.

The Datuk Seri businessman in Johor being investigated for tax evasion, has been under the spotlight of various government agencies over the past several months.

It is learnt that during a raid at one of his outlets, the authorities obtained a list of people, including policemen, on his “payroll”.

Sources said all the policemen on the list, including officers from several police stations, have since been transferred out of the state within 24 hours. Some of the policemen are also under an internal investigation. It is not clear if the list also has names of VIPs.

In Kuala Lumpur, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said it was up to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate the allegations.

“I think it is best to leave this case to MACC,” he said to The Star yesterday.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Moha­med Apandi Ali could not be reached for comment, while IRB chief executive officer Datuk Sabin Samitah declined comment.

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