KUALA LUMPUR, 25 Sept 2008: Datuk Ibrahim Jaapar, the Deputy Customs Director-General who retired in May, has been appointed the department’s new Director-General, replacing Datuk Seri Abd Rahman Abd Hamid whose contract expires on 2 Oct.
Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan said Ibrahim’s appointment, for a period of two years, would take effect on 3 Oct.
In a statement, Mohd Sidek said Ibrahim’s appointment was based on his experience, knowledge and leadership quality in line with the current development and direction of the Royal Customs Department in discharging its duties to collect revenues for the nation.
“This covers various renewal processes and a shift in the work culture, particularly in enhancing the human capacity building and job satisfactions among the staff,” he said.
Ibrahim, 56, holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from Saint Louis University, United States and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
He joined the department on 1 July, 1976 as Assistant Superintendent and had held various posts including Senior Customs Superintendent at the Sultan Ismail Airport in Senai, Johor (1982); Padang Besar Station Chief (1988) and Penang Senior Assistant Director of Customs (1989).
He had also held the posts of Customs Deputy Director of Establishment (1994); Internal Tax Director (1995); Sabah Deputy Customs Director (1997); Sabah Customs Director (2000); Johor Customs Director (2001); Human Resources and Financial Director at the Customs headquarters (2003) and Deputy Director-General (Operation) (2005).
Ibrahim was appointed Customs Deputy Director-General (Management) in July 2007 until his mandatory retirement when he reached the age of 56 on 25 May this year. — Bernama