Event Details

This Spotlight Session is Sponsored by Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill.

Lately, the Malaysian Customs have announced that they will intensify GST & Customs compliance audits. This spotlight session will discuss the following key operational issues:

1. Inter-companies charges: Determining whether the recovery of expenses is a disbursement or reimbursement
2. Zero-rating of international services: Practical difficulties in interpreting item 12 and 13 of the Zero-rated Supply Order 2014
3. Anti-avoidance rules and its application under the GST Act
4. Rejection of Sales Tax refund application under the GST Act
5. Amendments to the GST Act 2014 by the Finance Act 2017 on Free Zone and Time of supply on imported services
6. Customs GST audit – Managing record keeping
7. The implementation of U-Customs to replace the traditional system and issues faced by traders
8. Raids by the National Revenue Recovery Enforcement Team
9. Prohibition of goods and trading jurisdictions from trade
10. Retrospective imposition of import duty, sales tax and service tax and the legal remedies available

This session is FREE and strictly for members only. Due to limited seats, we would encourage you to register early.

For further clarifications, please contact Ms Nadeeka Sarah at nadeeka@amcham.com.my or if you would like to know more about our Spotlight Session.

About Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
The firm Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is a multi-practice law firm committed to provide personalised legal solutions to businesses including GLCs. An established name in the Malaysian legal landscape, the firm consists of more than 100 lawyers specialising in various aspects of corporate and commercial law. Tax, GST & Customs Practice Our practice team consists of highly rated and awarded thought leaders in the field of tax. Our tax partners, Datuk D.P. Naban and Mr S. Saravana Kumar are ranked as leading tax lawyers in Malaysia.

Our sub-specialisation includes:-
  • Income Tax
  • International Tax (Including cross-border transaction tax and withholding tax)
  • GST
  • and many others


9:30 AM - 10 AM
Registration & Arrival of Guests
10 AM - 10:05 AM
Welcome Remarks
10:05 AM - 11:30 AM
Session on Insights Into Recent GST & Customs Issues
11:30 AM - 11:55 AM
11:55 AM - 12 PM
Closing Remarks


  • S. Saravana Kumar (Partner at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill)

    S. Saravana Kumar

    Partner at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

    Saravana is a partner in the Tax, GST & Private Clients group and is consistently rated as one of the leading tax lawyers in Malaysia by leading legal directories. A Chevening scholar, he covers the full range of tax work, including tax litigation and advisory, tax audit and investigation, transfer pricing, double taxation issues in cross-border transactions and indirect tax, as well as stamp duty matters. He regularly represents taxpayers in negotiations with the Inland Revenue Board, Royal Malaysian Customs Department and Ministry of Finance. Saravana has also appeared in benchmark litigation, achieving a sizeable volume of wins in tax disputes.

    Saravana's clientele features multinational household names such as Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, Maersk Malaysia and Royal Bank of Scotland, as well as local giants including Petronas and Maybank. He is also a favourite counsel for referrals from the Big 4 firms and accountants.

    His practice extends to advising private clients on a broad range of issues covering family matters, estates and private property, the establishment of trusts, tax planning and management of private companies.

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  • Ivy Ling (Associate - Tax, GST & Customs Practice at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill)

    Ivy Ling

    Associate - Tax, GST & Customs Practice at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

    Ivy specialises in GST where she acts on matters affecting financial institutions, property developers and multinationals. She is also assisting Saravana in a number of GST appeals before the GST Appeal Tribunal."

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  • Jason Tan (Associate, Tax, GST & Customs Practice at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill)

    Jason Tan

    Associate, Tax, GST & Customs Practice at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

    Jason specialises in Customs law where he handles matters pertaining to customs valuation, tariff classification, taking advantage of preferential tariff treatments vis-à-vis free trade agreements and Customs offences and penalties.

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