SHAH ALAM, April 30 – A restaurant in Section 16 here is the first to be charged in court for an offence under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) 2014. Restoran Hameeds Corner, which was represented by its owner Raja Bunesh Bagam Kamarudeen, 38, pleaded not guilty to five counts of issuing about 2,000 tax invoices which did not contain details stipulated under Section 22 of the GST Regulations 2014.
The restaurant is alleged to have committed the offences at its premises at No.3-1-1, Suria Avenue Apartment 16/2, Section 16 here from April 7 to 11. Hameeds Corner is being charged under Section 33 (2) (b) of the GST Act 2014 and punishable under Section 96 of the same Act which provides for a fine of not more than RM30,000 or a maximum jail term of two years or both, upon conviction.
The prosecution, which was represented by deputy public prosecutors Datuk Raja Rozela Raja Toran and Hazril Harun, proposed that a bail of RM100,000 be imposed on the restaurant for all charges. Shah Alam Sessions Court judge Ahmad Azhari Abdul Hamid, however, fixed bail at RM15,000 with one surety and set May 25 for remention of the case.