SHAH ALAM: Changing its role from a tax receiver to a tax collector has enabled the Royal Customs Department to bring in a record RM21bil in revenue last year, a significant 17% increase compared to 2001.
Second Finance Minister Datuk Dr Jamaludin Jarjis said the department had also reduced its annual subsidy last year from RM6bil to RM3bil.
“This means it had collected RM24bil last year. I would like to congratulate the department for this remarkable achievement,” Dr Jamaludin said in his speech at the 21st World Customs Day celebration at Dataran Kemerdekaan here yesterday.
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalulail attended the event at a hotel here.
Dr Jamaludin said one of the key successes was changing the organisation's mindset and turning it into a tax collector rather than a receiver.
In an impromptu act, the minister urged all Customs officers present to raise their right hands and pledge to the King that they would work harder to collect taxes.
He then presented certificates of appreciation and trophies to top taxpayers in four categories.
Proton Bhd was the recipient of the Sales Tax category, paying RM59mil in taxes last year, an increase of 0.42% compared to the year before. Other winners were Telekom Malaysia (Service Tax), Edaran Otomobil Nasional Bhd (Excise Duty) and Naza Group (Import Duty).
Selangor Customs Department director Datuk Wazir Muaz received a special certificate and trophy from the Customs Department director-general Datuk Abdul Halil Abdul Mutalib for the highest revenue collection last year, amounting to 37.22% of the total national collections.
It collected RM7.7bil last year compared to RM5.8bil in 2001, a rise of 32.4%.
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