KASTAM HANDING OVER CEREMONY
PUTRAJAYA: On 11th of July, the public witnessed an extraordinary event – a handing over ceremony of Isuzu D-Max 3.0L – in front of Royal Customs Department headquarters. Styled with full combat suit, the Cobra officers (codename for armed Customs officers) posed handsomely with the Isuzu D-Max. Together, they look very intimidating which is the image that Customs look for and also the message that they want to send to the perpetrators, mainly tontos.
Not very long ago, public was shocked to hear a news when a Custom officer was killed while on duty. It was said that as the custom officer and her colleague were in pursuit of two vans suspected of carrying smuggled cigarettes, a 4X4 pick-up truck driven by a tonto rammed the Customs vehicle, causing it to skid and crash into a tree. This incident led to the purchase of Isuzu D-Max 3.0L which is known for being equipped with sturdy chassis and robust engine.
Customs believe that Isuzu D-Max may be the answer to eradicating threats from tontos. Equipped with bull bars and video cameras amongst other technological advanced defense systems, Isuzu D-Max will give Cobra officers a boost of confidence to deal with not only tontos, but any threats who thought of challengeing Customs’ work.
A total of 80 units of Isuzu D-Max will be deployed nationwide; majority will be operating in border states such as Kedah, Perlis, Johor and Kelantan.