Cosmetics products businesswoman Hasmiza Othman also known as ‘Dr Vida’ was charged at the Ipoh Sessions Court with 16 counts of failing to settle Goods and Services Tax (GST) payments amounting to RM 4.2 million.
On top of not settling the payments, she was also charged for another 16 counts of failing to submit GST statements to Customs department.
The 45-year-old owner of Vida Beauty Sdn Bhd pleaded not guilty, and claimed trial to the charges before judge Murtazadi Amran.
She was charged for failing to make payments and producing the statements for the taxable period between April 1, 2015, and July 31, 2016.
The offences were allegedly committed at the GST Division, Wisma Kastam, No 1, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak.
The charges under Section 41(7) and Section 41(6) of the GST Act 2014 provide a maximum fine of RM50,000 or three years imprisonment, or both, upon conviction for each charge.
The Customs department deputy public prosecutor Farah Ezlin Yusop Khan had requested a bail of RM100,000 for each of the 32 charges and also to surrender her passport to the court.
Her defence counsel Khairilazwar Khalil requested bail to be set at RM3,000 for each charge.
He also told the court not to impound her passport due to the nature of business which requires frequent travelling.
Judge Murtazadi set bail at RM60,000 for each charge for failing to make the GST payments.
While for failing to submit the statements, bail was set at RM50,000 for each charge.
A total bail of RM 1.76 million was required to be paid by Hasmiza.
Judge Murtazadi also told her to surrender her passport to the court.
Next mention date was set on Nov 15.
Hasmiza has gained a name among Malay households nationwide for her sponsorships of TV shows with its tagline “Qu Puteh, Qu Puteh, barulah putih” that easily beats a tattoo into its viewers’ brains.
Her venture into the world of sports following her high-profile two season sponsorship deal of the Kelantan football team made her a popular figure.