JOHOR BARU: The Government will carry out a feasibility study to determine if the Customs Department needs to be corporatised.
The study will take three to four months and then the Government will decide, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“We have heard the difficulties faced by Customs officials, including problems of promotions and lack of recognition for officers with Masters and PhD qualifications,” he said, adding that such issues would be looked into in the study.
He was opening the 32nd World Customs Day celebrations at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in Skudai, near here, yesterday.
Najib said the Customs Depart-ment collected RM33.12bil in indirect taxes last year, the highest ever collected by the department. The target this year is RM36bil.
He said there would be special incentives for people in the department if the new target was met, adding that the current system would be updated to ensure efficient collection of taxes.
“There should be no instances of officials closing one eye or both eyes when it comes to tax collection,” said Najib, who is also Finance Minister.
On the goods and services tax that will be enforced in April next year, he said there would be teething problems but he hoped the department would take proactive measures and see what might go wrong.
“We need to ensure that we know what steps to take to avoid problems,” he said.