IPOH, March 10 — Beauty products entrepreneur Datuk Seri Hasmiza Osman, better known as Dr Vida, said she planned to go on a vacation after the Customs and Excise Department dropped 16 charges of failing to remit RM4.2 million in Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Speaking to reporters after the proceedings, Hasmiza said she was relieved the case was finally over.
“Now I want to go on a holiday,” the 46-year-old Vida Beauty Sdn Bhd chief executive officer said as she flashed her passport that was seized by the court when she was charged.
Her lawyer Syed Ahmad Syed Abas told the Sessions Court his client paid the amount through a bankers draft.
“Payment of RM4,246,029.10 was made this morning. Based on this reason, I apply to the deputy public prosecutor to consider dropping the charges,” Syed Ahmad told judge Murtazadi Amran here yesterday.
“We believe our request will be considered by the deputy public prosecutor,” he added.
In confirming the payment, deputy public prosecutor Datuk Raja Rozela Raja Toran said the prosecution would like to retract all charges.
Mustazadi then allowed the retraction and the return of bail money to Hasmiza.
The judge quipped he was disappointed he could not hear the case.
“I was looking forward to it,” he said.
He also remarked the department did not give discounts for paying up.
Hasmiza had committed the offences between April 2015 and July 2016, and was charged under the Goods and Services Tax Act 2014.
On December 15, she was fined RM80,000 by the same court after she pleaded guilty to 16 counts of failing to submit statements for GST.
Court officials took the opportunity to take selfies with Hasmiza and her signature pose of putting two fingers to her left cheek, before she left the court.