This is the main front page story of Mingguan Malaysia today,
The story was sent to me by a doctor, who is one of those accused as trying to cheat in paying their taxes.
He accompanied the story with this remark,
"Jahat kan Dr kat private hospital - dah kira criminals nih"
I first highlighted the issue in this post in September last year,
My posts was relatively sympathetic of the doctors.
A colleague, who is an accountant was however not very pleased with the tone of my post.
He insisted that the doctors are cheats and should be dealt with accordingly.
His argument was that the doctors should had hired accountants to do their taxes if they have no intention to cheat.
So, I checked it out with a neurosurgeon friend about the accountant's allegation against him and the other doctors.
The neurosurgeon is the one whom I highlighted in this post
Please give the good doctor what he wants
Yes, he's the one, who helped out by performing surgeries at a government hospital.
He said when he started his private practice about four years ago, he followed what the other doctors did, that is to hire an accountant consultant to do his taxes.
He did exactly as told by the accountant when it comes to taxes.
His was no different than the other private doctors.
Then, he was told by the Inland Revenue Board that he was not paying his taxes properly.
Now he has to pay the amount said not paid previously, along with quite a huge sum of penalties.
"I was really not trying to cheat my taxes," he said.
" I was just following what was told by my accountant.
"I really don't mind paying the sum they said I have not paid, but when they imposed the penalties, I feel that it makes me some sorts of a criminal.
"And they were not very nice about the whole thing."
Well, I guess the Inland Revenue Board people, being very powerful that they are, couldn't care less about such consideration.
In this previous post which I did as a follow-up to the issue,
In defense of good doctors
I wrote again about my friend the neurosurgeon (excerpts),
I believe the good doctor I highlighted in that post was also caught in the tax issue.
I hope the whole thing will not discourage him from trying to help the less well-off patients at the government hospitals.
Well, saving lives is not easy after all.
There are people who don't even want to appreciate it.
Unfortunately, it turns out that my friend was actually quite affected by what the taxmen did to him.
He was angry.
He told me a few days ago that he had stopped performing surgeries at the government hospital.
He said since the government has no consideration for him, he doesn't feel very much like helping out at the government hospital anymore.
Actually, I was quite sad and lost for words when he said that.
Nothing much I can say because he volunteered to help out at the hospital and therefore it's his right too to stop doing so. Not many bothered to do what he did in the first place.
Nonetheless, I hope that once he cool off, he would go back and help out again.
They don't have a neurosurgeon at that government hospital and patients with spinal or brain ailment and injury were forced to be transferred to KL general hospital. It lessen the chances of survival.
Okay, maybe my friend could consider helping out in treating all the other patients again except those who are taxmen and accountants. Can?
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