Customs Chief gripes about bad press


Jagath Wijeweera

by Harischandra Gunaratna

Director General of Sri Lanka Customs Jagath Wijeweera said that media should write in a more objective manner when they reported on the Customs and the correct information should be disseminated to the readers.

Addressing a news conference in connection with the ceremonial opening of the newly constructed Customs headquarters scheduled for July 14 and the awareness week from the 7-12 of this month, Wijeweera said that the media had always cooperated with the customs and had a very good rapport with the department, but there had been instances where some media institutions disseminated wrong news about the Customs thus creating the wrong perception about the institution in the minds of the public.

"Such reporting would create a bad image about the Customs and it would be a challenge for us to erase the black mark," he added.

Wijeweera said that what customs needed was good leadership and team work and its officers were taking the institution to greater heights with diligence, dedication and hard work.

"Sri Lanka Customs is responsible for 57 percent of tax revenue collected in the country." he said.

The customs chief said that it was one of the oldest institutions in the country inaugurated over 200 years ago, but it didn’t possess a permanent office and had been shifting from one place to another until the state-of-the art 11-storey building was constructed, Wijeweera said.

The new building will be ceremonially opened by President Mahinda Rajapakasa.

One of the highlights of the Customs Awareness Week is the opening of the Customs Museum to showcase the department’s long history.     

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