The Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) has named Datuk Abu Tariq Jamaluddin as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective from yesterday, succeeding Datuk Seri Nizom Sairi, whose tenure concluded on December 16.
Abu Tariq, formerly the Deputy CEO (Compliance), boasts an extensive history within LHDN, having previously held pivotal roles including Deputy CEO (Policy) and Legal Director.
With a background in law from Universiti Malaya, his career at LHDN commenced in 1995, focusing on direct taxation facets encompassing legislation and compliance.
His tenure includes serving as a Deputy Revenue Solicitor and pivotal involvement in the pursuit to recover over RM1.69 billion in additional tax arrears from former Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Notably, in 2020, the Kuala Lumpur High Court granted LHDN the green light for a summary judgement to reclaim these arrears, a ruling subsequently upheld by the Federal Court just two months ago.
Acknowledging Nizom’s service spanning 38 years, LHDN expressed gratitude for his contributions. Nizom’s leadership saw LHDN achieve a historic milestone in 2022, marking the highest-ever direct tax collection in Malaysia’s history, totaling RM175.4 billion.