Nazifuddin Najib's bid to stay IRB's summary judgement application in RM37.6m suit to be decided on March 2

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 20): High Court judge Datuk Ahmad Zaidi Ibrahim has fixed March 2 to deliver his decision on Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak's son Datuk Mohd Nazifuddin Najib's bid for a stay of the Inland Revenue Board's (IRB) application to obtain a summary judgement against him for allegedly not paying taxes to the amount of RM37.6 million.

Following this, the judge directed lawyers representing Nazifuddin and IRB to file their written submissions on the stay application.

After the decision has been made, Justice Ahmad Zaidi will then set another date to deliver his decision on IRB's application for a summary judgment.

A summary judgment under Order 14 of Rules of Court 2012 is intended to enable the suing party to expedite the recovery of a debt allegedly owed, without having proceedings go through a full trial.

The development today was related by Nazifuddin's lawyers Muhammad Farhan Shafee and Wee Yeong Kang, and Nor Asmah Adam, who appeared on behalf of IRB.

It was previously reported in October last year that IRB wanted to obtain a summary judgment on the claim sought against Najib's son.

The Malaysian government filed the writ of summons and statement of claim against Nazifuddin last July 24 where it claimed he had unpaid taxes from 2011 and 2017 as stated through the assessment notice dated March 15, 2019.

It claimed in the statement of claim that Nazifuddin's failure to pay taxes for seven years which should be done within 30 days from the date of assessment notice as stipulated under Section 103 of the Income Tax Act 1967, caused an additional payment to be imposed.

The government claimed his failure to settle the amount within 60 days in accordance with the Act, and another compounded 5% increase was imposed bringing the total of RM37.6 million owed.

The amount comprises RM1.78 million for the assessment year of 2011, RM6.6 million (2012), RM6.28 million (2013), RM4.36 million (2014), RM2.07 million (2015), RM2.62 million (2016), and RM13.92 million (2017).

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