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Malaysia imposes 'no-exit order' on tax evaders at immigration

Published on Aug 26, 2014 9:56 AM
 
Kenneth Chin was flying in to Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 from Australia on Aug 15, a trip he has been making regularly for the past five years, when his passport was barred at an auto-gate. -- PHOTO: LEONG CHAN TEIK

PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Kenneth Chin was flying in to Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 from Australia on Aug 15, a trip he has been making regularly for the past five years, when his passport was barred at an auto-gate.

He checked at a counter - and found out that he had been blacklisted by the Inland Revenue Board (IRB). He is one of thousands who now have to settle the matter or they cannot leave the country.

The IRB is on the hunt. Tax evaders - even those owing as little as RM200 (S$79) - are being barred from leaving the country until they have paid their dues.

The officers have been very busy in the last few months. This year alone, the IRB has successfully recovered RM8.37 million from those who had been planning to leave the country.

 
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