Royal Malaysian Customs Director General Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad (right) shake hands with his officers in Putrajaya during the sending off ceremony. Khazali retires from the department today. Pix by MOHD FADLI HAMZAH.

PUTRAJAYA: Royal Malaysian Customs Director General Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad officially retired today, and said the death threats received by his officers was his most bitter experience while heading the department for the past four-and-a half years.

"My officers have been threatened, attacked and some killed while carrying out their duties. When bad things like this happened to my people, I feel bitter about it," he recollected.

"But overall, I still have a lot more fond memories than the bad ones here.”

His biggest success story, he said, would have to be spearheading the implementation of the Good and Services Tax (GST) in 2015.

"My team and I have successfully implemented the GST and we have set up a good collection system for it."

Khazali was given a grand ceremonial sendoff at his office this evening as he clocked out at 4.30pm.

Seventy officers decked in the white and blue uniform of the Pasukan Istiadat Kastam Diraja Malaysia lined up for inspected by him for the last time.

"My advice to everyone is to continue our fight and do your best. If everyone puts his heart and soul into his work, our Customs Department will soar to greater heights. I wish everyone all the best and thank you," he said in his parting words.

The announcement on his successor will be made by Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Ali Hamsa soon.

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