Sharifah Halimah (left) hands over duty to Herman as Ramli (right) looks on.

KUCHING: Senior Customs officers have been urged to be role models to their subordinates.

They were told to approach and guide their subordinates and reprimand them if they make any mistakes.

Outgoing director of the Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) Sarawak, Datuk Sharifah Halimah Tuanku Taha gave these advices in her speech at a ceremony to mark her official retirement on Monday (Sept 14).

The event took place at the Royal Malaysian Customs Department at Wisma Kastam, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman Yaakub here.

Sharifah Halimah also urged the senior officers to adopt a hands-on approach in their jobs, to be full of integrity, to help the country increase its revenue by tightening exit and entry points as well as to curb smuggling activities.

She also told them to care for one another and to remain united.

She added she would always treasure memories of her stint as the director of the Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) Sarawak. She took over as the department director on June 8, 2017 and held the post for three years, two months and nine days.

At the event, Sharifah Halimah handed over the duty of director to Herman Shah Abdullah, witnessed by deputy director of the department’s Internal Revenue Division, Ramli Othman.

Sharifah Halimah (seated left) signs the handover of duty documents.