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Pahang Customs Proposes Issuing Online Bauxite AP

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KUANTAN – The Pahang Customs Department has proposed the issuing of online Approved Permit for bauxite mining.

Its director Datuk Sarip Ismail said the move could prevent irresponsible parties from making copies of the original AP application form apart from facilitating control and monitoring of bauxite operators.

“If it was done manually, there is a possibility of irresponsible parties making copies which could confuse the authorities.

“This is because the copies look like the original,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after a state level Customs Day celebrations here Thursday.

He said the move could directly improve the current standard operating procedure (SOP) in the mining operation of the mineral in the state.

According to him, the proposal was brought up to the Pahang Minerals and Geoscience Department (JKDM) for discussion together with the advantage of implementing the system online.

Sarip said Pahang JKDM has an e-Permit system which was participated by other agencies in issuing the permit relating to the department.

In another development, Sarip said 14,086 companies and business premises had registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the state as at yesterday.

He said Pahang Customs Department would continue to improve its operation to track premises which have yet to do so in the effort to meet the target of 100,000 premises nationwide.

Sarip said in the 2016 GST Operation which took place from Jan 17 to Jan 22, 97 premises were registered with GST in the Eastern Zone namely Pahang 50 premises, Kelantan (21) and Terengganu (26).

“On the whole, 1,184 companies were inspected in Eastern Zone over five days with 539 in Pahang, Kelantan (381) and Terengganu (264).

“This did not meet the actual target of operation as there were 1,579 premises to be registered but it could be due to some companies which have moved out of Pahang,” he said.

Meanwhile on enforcement, he said Customs had opened 162 investigation papers with seizures worth RM3,590,452 last year.

The total rose compared to 106 papers on seizures worth RM1.8 million the year before.

“Tax on confiscated goods last year amounted to RM7.644 million compared to only RM5.2 million in 2014,” he said. – BERNAMA


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