BACHOK, Aug 1 (Bernama) -- The Kelantan Customs Department is expected to double its duty collection from RM48 million last year to RM100 million this year.
Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Awang Adek Hussin said the increase was attributed to duty from offshore oil extracted from the maritime border under the joint production agreement between Malaysia and Thailand.
"It has nothing to do with efforts made by the Pas-led state government," he told reporters after meeting Kampung Perupuk residents here, Wednesday.
Awang Adek, who is also Umno Bachok division head, said duties collected by Kelantan Customs used to be among the lowest in the country due to the state's sluggish economic activities.
For example, he said Perlis, being the smallest state collected as much as RM160 million a year while Melaka, RM 1.6 billion a year.