CUSTOMS officers stationed at checkpoints now have a brand new look.
The change in their uniforms, which took effect yesterday, was aimed at projecting "an overall professional enforcement image" while conveying a "friendlier and customer-oriented" look.
A Customs spokesman said the new uniforms now consist of a short-sleeved white shirt or blouse, with a tie, shoulder flaps, epaulettes, belt, name tag and black shoes.
Previously, Customs officers were clad in a dark-blue jacket and pants and black shoes.
The uniforms are designed by customs officers themselves and is also aimed to instill a sense of confidence.
About 150 officers at the checkpoints will be sporting the new look.
The spokesman added that the officers wearing the new uniforms will be stationed at Changi Airport and the Budget Terminal, Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints, Singapore Cruise Centre and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.
The officers' duties include helping those who wish to pay taxes on alcohol or cigarettes, or GST on goods, as well as processing GST-refund applications for tourists.
Mr Thomas Chiu, 30, a Higher Customs Superintendent who is stationed at the Budget Terminal said, "The new uniform looks very impressive and smart. It gives me a sense of authority when I am wearing it. It is also very comfortable. I like it."
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