FAKE WEAPON ... Halimah (right) getting the feel of a Styer rifle at the Customers Day at Aeon Mall. Looking on is Mohd Saiful (second left). Photo: Ghazali Bujang

KUCHING: The public are encouraged to visit the state Royal Malaysian Customs Department’s Customers Day at Wisma Kastam in Petra Jaya today and tomorrow.

State Customs director Datuk Sharifah Halimah Tuanku Taha said the event was aimed at making the department people-oriented.

“We want the general public to know more about the department and how they can get advice from our officers,” she said when officiating at the ‘Hari Bertemu Pelanggan’ or Customers Day in connection with the 38th World Customs Day held at Aeon Mall yesterday.

She also noted that the launching ceremony at the mall was one of the department’s initiatives to promote the event (at Wisma Kastam) to a bigger audience.

“That is why we have six divisions of Customs present here today (yesterday) to deal with inquiries related to customs, enforcement, compliance management, technical services, management services and human resources as well as tax,” she said.

Sharifah added that the department had also imposed service tax on e-commerce beginning this month. This involves digital services such as Netflix and Spotify or Google’s advertisement services.

“Companies that provide e-commerce services have to be licensed under the Service Tax Act 2018. Thus, I hope more companies in the state would register quickly with the department,” she said.

Also present at the event were State Customs deputy director Herman Shah Abdullah, Customs head of Domestic Tax Department (SST) Ramli Othman, State Federal Treasury Mohd Saiful Sungkih Abdullah and Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) assistant director (Fire Operations) Tiong Ling Hii.

FAKE WEAPON … Halimah (right) getting the feel of a Styer rifle at the Customers Day at Aeon Mall. Looking on is Mohd Saiful (second left). Photo: Ghazali Bujang