Datuk Paddy Abd Halim has been appointed the new Customs Department director-general effective April 1, says the Finance Ministry.

Its minister Lim Guan Eng said Paddy’s appointment was to replace Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy who had retired on March 9.

Lim said Paddy started his career as the Customs officer at the Perak Royal Malaysian Customs Department in 1983.

He added that Paddy also served in several branches and divisions at the Kuala Lumpur Customs Department and the Customs headquarters before he was appointed as the Compliance Management Division director in 2011.

Lim said in July 15, 2016, Paddy was promoted to the assistant director-general of Customs (Enforcement) post, adding that he was then appointed as the deputy director-general of Customs (Customs/GST) on July 1, 2017.

“The Ministry would also like to take this opportunity to thank Subromaniam for his exemplary service as the director-general of Customs especially for his leadership in the Customs Department in the implementation of the Sales and Service Tax,” he said in a statement on Tuesday (April 2). — THE STAR ONLINE