JOHOR BARU: The Customs Department is cautioning all business operators to be wary should anyone knock at their door on the pretext of collecting payment for the Goods and Service Tax (GST).
Customs director-general Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy said he was shocked to discover that a conman had duped a company manager based in Batu Pahat into handing him RM373,000 as payment to settle his GST returns.
"It should be made clear that none of the Customs officers are told to make personal approaches to any company representatives on the pretext of collecting payment for GST," he said.
Subromaniam said police had arrested the conman after the manager lodged a police report when he realised he had been conned.
Subromaniam said the department also had not appointed any of its officers to make door to door collections as it is not a standard practise by the agency.
"There are standard procedures to regulate GST payment and it requires the payee to come to the GST branch offices and settle the payment at the designated counters or simply pay via online banking,"
Subromaniam said public should not easily trust anyone who claims to be an official from a government enforcement agency and should insist on seeing their authority card.
Subromaniam was speaking to the press at the opening ceremony of the new Tamil primary school SJKT Bukit Serampang Indah in Taman Bukit Indah by Pulai member of Parliament Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed who is also Deputy Home Minister.
Jazlan in his speech said the opening of the school signifies the on-going efforts by Barisan Nasional government to provide equal means to education for all Malaysians.
"I hope with the opening of this school, great future leaders can be born from among the students and it is hopef that with a condusive place to study the studentd can excell in their studies," he said.