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Pekema: Abolish levy on Used Imported Cars

by Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith, reporters@theborneopost.com.
Posted on June 20, 2013

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Photo: GOING STRONG: Zainuddin (centre) and Khalid (fifth right), along with other office bearers at the cake-cutting ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of state Pekema last week.
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KUCHING: The Malay Vehicle Importers and Traders Association (PEKEMA) is urging the government to abolish the RM10,000 levy on all used imported cars to ease the burden of Approved Permit (AP) holders and enabling more people to afford such vehicles.

Its chairman Datuk Zainuddin Abdul Rahman said the current moderate economy had impacted both the local and foreign automotive industry, and as such the nation’s main automotive industry player welcomed the move by the government to cut car prices.

“The new economic policy introduced by the government to ensure Bumiputera entrepreneurs excelled in the automotive industry is very much welcome.

“Therefore, it is important for the government to maintain an open AP policy,” he said in a press release to The Borneo Post.

Zainuddin was here to attend state Pekema’s 25th annual general meeting (AGM) which saw the election of its committee members for the 2013-2015 term last Saturday. Among the resolution forwarded in the meeting was for the AP to be maintained.

State Pekema president Dato Khalid Tan Sri Marzuki and deputy president Ismail Abang Saufi were returned to their respective posts uncontested. Other committee members such as Dato Othman Suaidi, Eshlie Ahmad Nawawie, Tapah Ata and Adenan Esmit retained their respective posts.

In his speech, Zainuddin added that Pekema would continue to work closely with the government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to help the unfortunate and poor people.
Through its Pekema Foundation, a total of RM3 to RM5 million had been set aside for community projects. State Pekema has been allocated RM1 million for such cause. Zainuddin said he was satisfied to note that the strong relations and cooperation amongst Pekema members had proven that Bumiputera entrepreneurs could give back and provide significant contributions to those in need.

It is understood that the country is a signatory to the Asean Free Trade Area (Afta) agreement, which will liberalise the automotive industry by the end of 2015.

Source: The Borneo Post