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RM48 million Customs uniform scandal – let the chips fall where they may
(Petaling Jaya, Thursday) : In Parliament on Monday, Barisan Nasional MP for Jasin, Datuk Mohd Said Yusof raised a RM48 million Customs uniform scandal, including allegations that the batons senior officers carry is RM700 a piece and is made in the United Kingdom. The overlap on their uniform is stitched in Scotland at RM600 a piece, while the buttons on their uniform is RM800 a set.
Times today in a report headlined “Customs Dept hits back at RM48 million
allegation” sourced clearly from the Customs Department named Mariwasa
Kraftangan Sdn Bhd as the company contracted to supply the Customs uniform
attire in 2002 and 2003. On the specifics, the allegations that the batons
senior officers carry is RM700 a piece and made in the UK were denied (its
Kuala Kangsar-made and costs RM160 to RM250 each).
Is there a RM48 million Customs uniform scandal or not?
Let the chips fall where they may, but the truth must be out.
The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi should back off from his ill-advised and ill-considered call for an end of the “slanging match” between the MP for Jasin and the Customs and Excise Department, or the very commitment of his administration to accountability, transparency, integrity and good governance will come under question.
As Finance Minister, with direct responsibility over the Customs Department, he has personal responsibility to t Parliament and the nation to reveal the whole truth about the RM48 million Customs uniform scandal.
As otherwise, the chips will fall on Abdullah himself instead.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman