The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has released sales and production figures for the month of May 2018, with both being lower compared to what was achieved in April.

Last month saw 42,983 being registered, which is 4,106 units or 9% less than in April. According to the association, the dip in sales volume was due to the government’s announcement to set the goods and services tax (GST) rate at 0% in mid-May, which resulted in customers holding back on their purchase due to uncertainty.

Sales for the month of May 2018 were also down compared to the same month last year, a decrease of 7,611 units or 15% from the 50,594 units in May 2017. As for year-to-date figures, that stands at 225,212 units, which is 8,968 units or about 3.8% less than the same period last year.

For the month of June, the association expects sales to be much higher than in May due to customers taking advantage of the “tax holiday” combined with promotional campaigns and offers in conjunction with the Hari Raya festive season.