LABUAN (Bernama): The Finance Ministry has approved a substantial allocation of almost RM1bil to upgrade scanner facilities in 72 key locations of the country's entry points.
Minister Lim Guan Eng (pic) said the allocation was also to purchase 76 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 the Labuan Customs building on Sunday (July 21).
He said the introduction of the Labuan e-Clearance system would enable online transactions.
"This is one of the examples of technological innovations and improvements being done," he added.
He also praised the Labuan JKDM's initiatives that would help and make the agency more viable in this challenging era.
Lim said the government had always improved JKDM's capabilities and achievements, and ensure services rendered to the people were also improved.
On the Labuan Customs office upgrade, he said 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 RM2.4mil, this conducive space could provide comfort and spark enthusiasm to Labuan Customs in discharging their duties as the national tax collector organisation and thereby enhancing efficiency in the service delivery system and quality of work." - Bernama