Najib Wants Customs To Be Holistic

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PETALING JAYA, Feb 7 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants the Royal Malaysian Customs to be holistic and investor-friendly in performing its duties.

The deputy prime ministers said sincere investors must be helped by simplifying dealings with them because Malaysia was an investor- and business-friendly country.

“I urge customs to be holistic in its approach with investors when nabbing people. We place great importance in the partnership between the Royal Malaysian Customs and investors,” he said when launching the 27th World Customs Day here.

Najib, who is also finance minister, announced that the customs department collected RM28.6 billion in revenue last year, its biggest achievement so far and a 21 per cent increase from RM23.7 billion in 2007.

He said the projection this year was RM28 billion, which could be achieved despite the uncertain economic outlook with the strategies that had been drawn up, good management and sophisticated equipment.

Najib outlined four main aspects in improving the agency — committed leadership, an organisational culture and ethos strengthened by the top management, training structure and strength and use of the latest equipment and technology.

He said a firm leadership with integrity could be expected to bring success to Customs while the culture and ethos of the organisation must not only be understood but should also be the ideology of all the staff.

The agency’s strength could be enhanced not only by increasing staff but also through strategic deployment and formal and informal training and the use of the latest technology should also be considered to curb smuggling and crime, he added.

Najib said the Customs scope of work was not only to collect taxes but also to combat the smuggling of wild animals which were becoming extinct and to help the other government agencies.

At a news conference later he said that to provide facilities for Customs the government would provide a reasonable amount for expenditure in the context of raising revenue collection.

Source : Bernama

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