KOTA KINABALU: The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (LHDN) is monitoring closely news reports of Sabah timber companies allegedly involved in illegal loggings.
Chief Executive Officer/ Director General of LHDN Dato’ Sri Sabin Samitah said they are eager to find out which companies are involved in illegal logging activities.
“The government, particularly the State, is losing a lot of revenue due to illegal logging and we will get to the bottom of this,” Sabin said after paying a courtesy call on Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd Shafie Haji Apdal at the State Administrative Centre here today.
News reports today indicated that teams from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had conducted simultaneous raids on three logging companies in Sandakan and Tawau, as well as the Sabah Forestry Department headquarters in Sandakan.
Meanwhile, Sabin also said that LHDN has targeted RM4.3 billion in revenue collection from Sabah this year and expressed confidence that this was attainable.
On his discussion with the Chief Minister, Sabin said it was a normal visit and he took the opportunity to brief Shafie on the collection of various taxes from Sabah, among other things.
He added that his visit to Sabah was also to strengthen the relationship between LHDN and federal as well as state agencies in Sabah.-SabahNewsToday