Saturday, April 9, 2011

Customs Too Ashamed To Put On Uniform


    April 8, 2011

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    KUALA LUMPUR – Some Royal Malaysian Customs Department officers now too ashamed to put on their Customs uniform because of the negative perception among the public towards the department.

    Peninsular Customs Officers Union President, Ibrahim Ahmad ( standing and speaking in picture) said, he received reports that some Customs officers felt embarrassed and ashamed to put on their uniform now. This was caused by public’s negative perception towards them.

    He said, the union’s senior committee plan to hold a meeting with Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak very soon. “The meeting is important to clear the Customs Department image. At the same time Prime Minister can give some new inspiration to the Customs workforce,” Ibrahim added.

    Prior to the meeting with Prime Minister, the union will hold a meeting with Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner, Datuk Seri Abu Kassim Mohamed scheduled to be held next Tuesday.

    “We also hope that Customs officers and personnel is not beaten up or even flick during investigation, he said in a press conference today.

    Last week MACC arrested 62 Customs officers of various ranks and posts under the 3b operation for alleged involvement in corruption, money laundering and other offences.

    MACC Investigation Division direction Datuk Mustafar Ali said the investigations led by the MACC with the cooperation of five other agencies, found that more than RM10 billion had been smuggled out of the country.

    On Wednesday, Selangor Customs Department Assistant Director, Ahmad Sarbani Mohamed, 56, fell to his death at MACC office in Jalan Cochrane here. He was among 62 officers arrested

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