According to a news report published by The Sun, three automakers have applied for the incentives that have been set in place for locally-assembled energy efficient vehicles (EEV) under the revised National Automotive Policy (NAP 2014).
The identity of the automakers hasn’t been disclosed, and are unlikely to be, Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) president Datuk Aishah Ahmad said. “I don’t know the details because once the carmakers have submitted to the government, it is confidential and we won’t know who they are,” she told reporters at the MAA AGM held last week.
She added that any automaker can apply for the EEV incentives if its vehicles fit the EEV profile. Once the necessary submission to the government has been carried out, both parties can then discuss the level of assistance the government is able to provide.
Despite EEV exemptions being customised and dependent on the amount of investment, Aishah said that automakers can make the request for exemptions without being controlled by the size of investment. “The bigger the investment you make, the bigger incentive you will get. But the government is not saying that if you make a certain amount of investment, this is the amount of incentive you get,” she explained.
In NAP 2014-related news, Aishah said that no consultant has been appointed yet to conduct a study on whether the open approved permit (AP) should be abolished or continue. “As far as we know, not yet,” she stated.