MoF okays RM1b upgrade scanner facilities at 72 entry points

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THE Ministry of Finance (MoF) has approved a substantial allocation of almost RM1 billion to upgrade scanners’ facilities in key locations of the country’s entry points.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (picture) said the allocation was also to purchase 72 new scanners and 32 patrol boats to further control border state activities. He said the acquisition for these facilities and assets will be made on an open tender basis.

Lim said his ministry acknowledged that the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) had played an important role in raising revenue for the government to ensure public services and government operations could run smoothly.

“Realising this fact, the government is concerned about its ability and the needs of JKDM in carrying out this important task, efficiently, professionally and in a clean manner,” he said at the officiating of the Upgrading Customs Division and Management and the launch of the e-Clearance System at Labuan customs building yesterday.

He said the introduction of the Labuan eClearance system would enable online transactions.

“This is one of the examples of technological innovations and improvements being done,” he said.

He also praised Labuan JKDM initiatives that would help make the agency more viable in this challenging era.

Lim said the government has always improved JKDM’s capabilities and achievements, ensuring services rendered to the people were also improved.

Talking about the Labuan Customs office upgrade, it will help raise comfort levels of customs officers and their customers.

It is hoped that with the upgrade implemented by JKDM at a cost of RM2.4 million, this conducive space will provide comfort and spark enthusiasm in all Labuan customs officers in discharging their duties as the national tax collector organisation, thereby enhancing the efficiency of the service delivery system and the quality of work.