KUALA LUMPUR -Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Najib Rasak received a notice that the ex-Premier described the attempt to destruct his political career as a failure to pay over $400 million (US$ 535 million) in unpaid taxes.
Najib, who lost a historic election in 2018, faces dozens of charges against corruption and money- laundering for the suspected robbery of billions of dollars from the state fund he founded. 1 Malaysia Development Berhad.
On Monday, he rejected his misdoings and initiated a court appeal in a 1MDB-related case to set aside his conviction.Last year, a Malaysian court ordered Najib to pay $409.80 million in unpaid taxes accrued between 2011 and 2017 when he was still in office, plus fines and interest.
In a late-Tuesday Facebook post, Najib said that the Inland Revenue Board had given him a bankruptcy notice for an unpaid tax bill on Monday, shortly after his appeal hearing.
The timing of the note, according to Najib, is related to his political group, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), deciding last month to stop coordinating with Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s government in the upcoming elections.Najib has claimed that if he is declared bankrupt, he will lose his seat in parliament and will be unable to run for election.“I will not bow to individuals who abuse the laws of this country to oppress me on the basis of politics and greed to cling to power,” he said, adding that he had asked his lawyers to obtain a stay order on the notice.The office of Muhyiddin did not respond to a comment request immediately. A revenue board spokesperson declined comment.
UMNO came to power in the last year in a coalition which nominated Muhyiddin to prime minister when veteran leader Mahathir Mohamad’s former coalition government collapsed.
Despite the charges against him, and while he is no longer UMNO leader, Najib has been re-emerging and maintains a strong presence in the social media, particularly on Facebook, where he is more than a Malaysian politician with over 4 million followers.