Thursday, August 11, 2016
We here of seizures by Customs – we don’t hear how much they got from them!
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THESE SEIZURES ARE FOLLOWED UP TO THE BITTER END – BECAUSE A BIGGER FRAUD IS ABOUT TO BE PERPETRATED ON THE PUBLIC BY THOSE BOUND TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC INTEREST
This morning’s paper was full of the Customs detection of a Container that contained parts of vehicles as well as a nearly new Prado worth Rs30M that had been imported as used spare parts. See link:
This was imported by a regular importer of used spares in Kurunegala. It is obvious then that it is common practice to falsify the product descriptions and import cars and vans illegally, and sold through the system to unsuspecting buyers.
Firstly I would like to know when this Prado will be auctioned and HOW MUCH the customs will receive for it? I suspect a customs officer will put in a bid for Rs2M and get it as the only bid. WHAT IS THE BET?
THAT IS WHAT IS WRONG. So the STATE HAS BEEN DIDDLED OUT OF RS28M by the CUSTOMS OFFICERS THEMSELVES.
Who may I ask is the bigger rogue? Customs officers or the importer! Where is this great media of ours when it comes to follow up of what happens to this Prado? Is the Media also bought up by these unscrupulous Government Servants on the take?
In this whole fiddle who are the suckers? They are the unsuspecting hardworking tax paying poor family man in the villages who has to work all hours to put food on the table, while those pretending to hold responsible jobs and being servants of the people are screwing the same people they are bound to protect.
Unless we change this culture of theft by our Government Servants, before anyone else, we can never clean the system. Those who should be showing the example for all of us to follow are those who are the first accused. The Fourth Estate, namely the media are duty bound to protect the Public with their scoops. Where are they in these follow ups?