Desmond Liew Zhi Hong Senior Associate

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Desmond is a senior associate in the firm’s Tax and Revenue practice. Apart from his legal qualifications, he also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Taxation (Hons). He has more than 7 years of Malaysian taxation experience, including 4 years as a tax consultant at one of the Big 4 audit firms.  His key practice areas include tax litigation, tax audit & investigation, tax advisory & planning and dispute resolution.


Key Practice Areas

  • Tax Litigation
  • Tax Audits and Investigations
  • Tax Advisory & Planning

  • Assisting in trials before the Special Commissioner of Income Tax.
  • Assisting in hearings (tax appeals, judicial review and stay applications) before courts of all levels.
  • Acting for taxpayers in Dispute Resolution Proceedings with the Inland Revenue Board.
  • Representing taxpayers (a company and its shareholders) to challenge the notices of assessment on whether the gain arising from the disposal of lands is subject to income tax.
  • Representing a branch of a multinational construction company in tax disputes concerning the income recognition of divisible income taxation.

  • Advising and representing a power plant in a claim involving exceptional GST input tax and input tax credit.
  • Advising and assisting a local gold manufacturer in the application for remission of GST.
  • Representing an international construction company in a GST audit.
  • Advised an airport operator on the potential tax exposures arising from a recovery suit for services rendered.
  • Advised a trust fund on the validity of its tax exemption approval status which was granted under the Income Tax Ordinance 1947.
  • Advised on the tax risks arising from a potential high value property transaction.
  • Advised an international automotive company on the tax implications arising from the dividend distribution and advised on tax mitigation approaches.
  • Advised and assisted a master developer for a Metropolis in the application for remission of GST.
  • Advised one of the largest food manufacturers in Malaysia in handling Customs’ audit and Round Table Discussion.
  • Assisted taxpayers (from various industries) in obtaining tax incentives (i.e. Pioneer Status, MSC and Principal Hub).


  • Advocate and Solicitor, High Court of Malaya (2019)
  • Certificate of Legal Practice (2018)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of London (2017)
  • Bachelor of Taxation (Hons), University Tun Abdul Razak (2014)
Professional Affiliations:
  • Associate Member, Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (2020)