Saturday, February 24, 2007

Abuse Of Power By Malaysian Inland Revenue Board. Court Awards UK Man £440,000 Damages.

A British man has been awarded more than £400,000 in damages by a Malaysian court after he was prevented from leaving the country for 16 years.

Ronald Beadle, from Derbyshire, was trapped in Malaysia after the country's Inland Revenue Board ordered that his passport be seized over a tax dispute.

The judge ruled that the Inland Revenue Board had acted arbitrarily and abused its powers.

However, she did not accept that Mr Beadle had been falsely imprisoned. Nor did she allow his claim for loss of earnings, arguing that it was purely theoretical that he could have made a living elsewhere.


The dispute started out as a simple mix-up over tax, and turned into a 16-year legal odyssey.

In 1981, Malaysia's Inland Revenue Board ordered that Ronald Beadle's passport be seized over a disputed sum of £3,000 ($5,874). But it was not until 1998 that a court ruled it was his employers and not he who had failed to pay up.

In the meantime, Mr Beadle was forced to remain in Malaysia and was unable to return to Britain, even for his father's funeral.

Now the court has awarded him almost £440,000 ($861,551) in damages.

Mr Beadle, who first came to the country as a serviceman in the 1960s, says he would still like to retire in Malaysia. (BBC NEWS)

***** What a great advertisement for our Visit Malaysia Year 2007! I wonder why the authorities didn't realize the mix-up earlier and set the poor guy free. Can the court award compensate for 16 years of living in a foreign country under such stressful conditions especially when he was not guilty? A shameful episode indeed.
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Blogger Billy said...

All I can say is "padan muka" to the authorities. This is one costly mistake which they will not forget for a long time to come (or will they?). Orders must be given out to remove these dudheads from their jobs. After all, there are 85,000 unemployed graduates waiting to fill that slot.

3:39 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Harry said...

I wonder from whose pocket the 400,000 pounds would come from...

6:06 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Malaysian courts awarded Mr. Beadle with over £400,000.00, which is peanuts for 16 years of stress, worry, helpnessless, mental anguish...that the Malaysian Inland Revenue has put him through illegally!!! Especially when you are trying to feed your family and survive in a foreign country during times of recession!! The amount of award is a disgrace!!

6:33 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IRB always used this threat.

3:34 PM GMT+8  

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