LHDN ends contract of CEO

PETALING JAYA: The contract of Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) chief executive officer Sabin Samitah has been cut short, with his service to end tomorrow.

In a brief statement on its website, LHDN said the government agreed to shorten Sabin’s contract.

It added that there was a mutual agreement between LHDN and Sabin to shorten his contract so that he can venture into a different field.

“LHDN would like to thank Sabin for his contributions throughout his time serving at the LHDN and we wish him all the best,” it said.

Last week, FMT reported that Sabin had informed LHDN’s senior management of his resignation.

While the reasons for his resignation are not clear, allegations of abuse of power had been made against LHDN in recent weeks.

Former prime minister Najib Razak had lodged a police report against LHDN officials for allegedly “over-taxing” him.

Najib also said he forwarded evidence against LHDN to the police regarding certain LHDN officers who had abused their power and falsified documents in the tax case against him.

According to the Inland Revenue Board, Sabin Samitah’s contract has been shortened so that he can venture into a different field and his position will be filled by Mohd Nizom Sairi.

In another statement, LHDN announced that Mohd Nizom Sairi, the deputy CEO (tax operations), will take over Sabin’s position from tomorrow.

Nizom, 58, has a masters degree from Lawrence Technological University in the United States and started serving in LHDN from 1985.

Prior to being the deputy CEO, he had also served as the director of the LHDN’s investigation department, tax compliance department, Malaysian tax academy and LHDN Perak.

He was also the deputy CEO (management) at one point in time.

FMT

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