Improve IT knowledge, Customs personnel urged

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 18 Jan 2003

JOHOR BARU: Customs personnel, especially those manning collection counters, have been told to improve their IT knowledge in line with the government’s move to adopt a paperless system. 

Second Finance Minister Datuk Dr Jamaludin Jarjis said that with the introduction of the multi-purpose MyKad, tax payments might not involve cash anymore. 


He said although the equipment would be supplied to the personnel, it was still important for them to know how the system worked. 


“Your job may be easy because soon all you have to do is swipe the cards to collect taxes. But wouldn’t it make you look much smarter if you knew exactly how the system worked? 

“I am sure this will make you more confident with what you are doing,” he told some 300 Customs personnel at the Tanjung Puteri Customs Complex yesterday. 

Dr Jamaludin also said that age should not be a reason to ignore IT. 

“Even if you are about to retire, I hope you can take it as a challenge to improve your IT knowledge,” he said. 

Dr Jamaludin later joined Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman to inspect the site of the new Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex in Bukit Cagar.  

The complex, a brainchild of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, would be known as Gerbang Perdana Bersepadu. 

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