Full cooperation over tax evasion probe involving Sabah civil servants, says Safar Untong


KOTA KINABALU: The state secretary is ready to give his full cooperation to anti-graft investigators probing a case of tax evasion involving civil servants.

Datuk Seri Safar Untong (pic) said he took this matter seriously and would provide whatever assistance was needed.

He added that he has also instructed the state Finance Ministry to look at and improve all systems and procedures that could have allowed for the sales tax fraud to happen.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has been probing the evasion of millions of ringgit worth of Sabah's crude palm oil sales tax for several months.

Three people including retired government officials have been nabbed to facilitate probes so far.

They were believed to have, among others, received bribes from a palm oil mill in Lahad Datu to "overlook" the mill's falsification of the quantity of crude palm oil produced to evade state taxes worth about RM2mil a month since 2015.

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