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Wednesday October 2, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday October 2, 2013 MYT 6:50:14 AM
THE Customs Department lost more than RM600,000 when it had to destroy over 7,600 pairs of unused boots and shoes ordered for its staff in 2009.
The Auditor-General’s Report 2012 said the shoes had to be disposed because they were over three years old and deemed unsuitable as they no longer met requirements.
The unused footwear were found to have degraded in terms of quality.
“The sizes also do not suit the officers and sample tests conducted by the Science Technology Research Institute of Defence (STRIDE) showed the soles of the shoes had turned brittle and were torn,” the report said.
The A-G report said the department had distributed the shoes to its staff as part of their uniform, where each of them was allocated two pairs of shoes before the end of April yearly. The report said RM6.86mil was spent to buy the shoes for the period between 2009 and 2013.
The A-G recommended that the department investigate the losses following the disposal of the shoes, which was due to the inefficiency and carelessness of the officers in handling the distribution of the footwear.
Responding to the A-G, the Customs department said it had since taken steps to improve the procurement of the shoes, adding that the follow-up measures included upgrading its store management.
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