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Aliran welcomes the new Customs director general’s appointment

Subromaniam Tholasy is the new director general of the Royal Malaysian Customs - Photograph: Customs Department

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Aliran welcomes the appointment of Subromaniam Tholasy as the new director general of the Royal Malaysian Customs especially in the face of an alleged petition from a certain non-governmental organisation (NGO) that lobbied for a Malay candidate irrespective of his qualification.

We take it that the authorities concerned made their choice based on meritocracy and fairness – and not on ethno-religious grounds that carries with it an element of racism and bigotry.

This is especially so when there was already a recent exhortation by another NGO known for its ethno-religious biasness that the governing of the country should be left only to the Malay-Muslims. If this consideration had been taken on board, it would have been tantamount to succumbing to bigotry.

Besides, the Royal Malaysian Customs and its officials should perform their duties for the common good of all Malaysians irrespective of their ethnic, religious, gender and political background.

By taking a professional and just stand in such matters, the authorities have gone a long way towards further improving professionalism in the civil service and stemming the tide of ethno-religious extremism in this country.

Dr Mustafa K Anuar
Honorary secretary
25 March 2017

The views expressed in Aliran's media statements and the NGO statements we have endorsed reflect Aliran's official stand. Views and opinions expressed in other pieces published here do not necessarily reflect Aliran's official position.

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Dr Mustafa K Anuar, a longtime executive committee member and former honorary secretary of Aliran, is, co-editor of our newsletter. He obtained his PhD from City, University of London and is particularly interested in press freedom and freedom of expression issues. These days, he is a a senior journalist with an online media portal
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