Restaurant owner the first charged under Malaysia's GST Act

Restaurant owner the first charged under Malaysia's GST Act
Facing the music: Raja Bunesh Bagam being escorted by a police officer to the Shah Alam Sessions Court.

SHAH ALAM: A restaurant owner is the first in the country to be charged under the GST Act 2014.

Owner Raja Bunesh Bagam Kamarudeen, 38, was summoned to the Sessions Court here where she stood outside the witness dock to hear the five charges yesterday morning. She claimed trial to all charges.

Restoran Hameeds Corner, an outlet in Seksyen 16, was charged with issuing, from April 7 to 11, about 2,000 invoices that did not contain all the details under Section 22 of the Act.

Under the law, among the details that must be printed on the receipt is the amount of the 6 per cent GST charged. DPP Raja Rozela Raja Toran sought RM100,000 (S$37,000) in bail for all the charges.

However, counsel Cullin Andrew said his client had paid RM15,000 as bond to the Customs Department.

"There is no need for a bail because this is a summons case," said Andrew. "If my client is not present in court, an arrest warrant can be issued."

Judge Ahmad Azhari Abdul Hamid set bail at RM15,000 in one surety and fixed next mention for May 25. If found guilty, Raja Bunesh Bagam faces a fine of up to RM30,000 and two years jail in default.

She was bailed by three male family members.

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