Auto parts traders seek clarification from KPDNHEP for operation under spare parts sector – association

Auto parts traders seek clarification from KPDNHEP for operation under spare parts sector – association

The Malaysia Used Vehicle Autoparts Traders Association (MUVATA) has called upon the government to clarify the position of new and used automotive parts importers, exporters, wholesalers and retailers it represents to be classified under the spare parts sector, the association wrote in an e-mailed statement.

The association pleads with the ministry of domestic trade and consumer affairs (KPDNHEP) to clarify that businesses dealing in auto parts are under the spare parts sector, which have been allowed to operate, along with car workshops and tyre shops, under FMCO conditions as of June 1.

It states that most of its members have received approval to operate from the Covid-19 intelligent management system (CIMS) 3.0 under the purview of the ministry of international trade and industry (MITI), having selected peruncitan, pengedaran dan pemborongan (retail, distribution or wholesaling), with the sub-sectors of bengkel, penyelenggaraan dan alat ganti (workshops, maintenance and spare parts).

Reports have, however, been received from a few of its members in Johor Bahru, said MUVATA, saying they have been told by the Johor Bahru City Council (MBJB) that they are to shut down immediately as they are deemed not to be categorised under the auto parts sector, and an MBJB officer said that the alat ganti term for permitted businesses is only applicable to those trading in new auto parts, the statement read.

Auto parts traders seek clarification from KPDNHEP for operation under spare parts sector – association

A similar situation was reportedly encountered by the association’s members in Perak, where the police have deemed the businesses’ selected category on the forms to be incorrect, and therefore have also been told to shut down. MUVATA says that used auto parts business operators are now very confused, and some have not dared to remain open for fear of receiving hefty fines, it said, adding that “guidelines need to be clear and consistent, otherwise [it] will burden the industry.”

In terms of operations, MUVATA hopes that the authorities understand that unlike businesses trading in new auto parts, traders of used parts need to carry out minor dismantling work in order to obtain said used parts, such as by taking apart a large group of components to acquire smaller, individual parts.

The association suggests that enforcement agencies have perhaps misunderstood used auto parts as being under the manufacturing sector, and therefore have not allowed essential auto parts businesses to operate, and clarifies that the parts selection processes are purely to the customers’ requirements.

“We wish to convey that it is crucial for new and used auto parts to go hand-in-hand with workshops, as it is useless for workshops to operate without auto parts, new or used,” the statement from MUVATA read. It adds that the logistics sector, which serves transportation for medicine, food and beverage, is reliant on repairs and servicing, and that disruptions in parts supply may see workshops face major challenges.

Auto parts traders seek clarification from KPDNHEP for operation under spare parts sector – association

According to an internal survey held by MUVATA, 20% of its members have stated that they are unable to survive, and would be forced to close down if the lockdown is prolonged. While the auto parts sector is listed as an essential category, its members’ business volume has dropped by nearly 70% in this full movement control order (FMCO), it said.

The association also asks for the government to allow used auto parts companies with the relevant approval letters to operate with a workforce of 60%, for businesses including wholesale, export and the dismantling and sorting of auto parts, and not just for selling to local workshops. In closing, the MUVATA statement reads that “the industry welcomes the automatic bank loan moratorium, as well as the extension and enhancement of the wage subsidy programme.”

Upon the FMCO taking effect on June 1, vehicle repair (body and paint) and service centres have been allowed to operate at 60% worker capacity, KPDNHEP minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said at the time. MUVATA also calls for the acceleration of the mass immunisation programme, including for the auto parts sectors as its members’ personnel are customer-facing and therefore are frontliners, as they have to be physically present to discharge their duties and tasks.

Meanwhile in the area of new vehicles, sales are expected to approach zero for the month of June as showrooms nationwide are closed due to the FMCO, with significant financial impact, reported Berita Harian last week. Based on an average vehicle price of RM70,000, the country’s automotive industry is set to lose around RM3.44 billion in revenue due to the sales slump.

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  • haduyai on Jun 29, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    Its what i experienced too. Miti gave approval but state gomen or local council has their own set of rules that we nees to follow. Last time when Miti approved for factory to operate there was at least one factory in my state which was visited by local council enforcers and they said yes that factory can operate but to operate 24hrs they must obtain local council or state gomen approval. without approval they can only operate day shift.

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    • Dredd on Jun 29, 2021 at 10:57 pm

      MITI only approves to run 8am to 8pm but Selangor state allowed to run 24hrs?! I’m speechless, do they even care that pandemic is still around?

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    • Darren on Jun 30, 2021 at 6:47 pm

      MITI is very clear about which factories can be operation in Selangor
      1.Aeroangkasa (komponen dan maintenance, repair and overhaul – MRO)
      2.Makanan dan minuman
      3.Bahan pembungkusan dan percetakan hanya berkaitan bahan makanan dan kesihatan
      4.Barang-barang penjagaan diri dan bahan pencuci
      5.Keluaran penjagaan kesihatan dan perubatan
      6.Barang penjagaan diri, peralatan perlindungan diri (PPE) termasuk sarung tangan getah dan peralatan keselamatan kebakaran
      7.Komponen bagi peranti perubatan
      8.Elektrikal dan Elektronik (kepentingan rantaian ekonomi global)
      9.Minyak dan gas (Oil and Gas) termasuk petrokimia dan produk petrokimia
      10.Mesin dan peralatan hanya berkaitan kesihatan dan makanan sahaja
      11.Tekstil untuk pengeluaran PPE sahaja
      12.Pengeluaran, penyulingan, penyimpanan, pembekalan dan pengagihan bahan api dan pelincir

      And yet we hear these news (Ismail Sabri: 113 factories ordered to close during lockdown) so is it MITI fault or human greed? Why Selangor state allowed them to open?

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  • sam123 on Jun 29, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    Adoii SOP masih Semua Orang Pening?? oredi done PKP 1.0 in MARCH last year.. how many years for Miti, state gomen & local council to talk? ROFL really Koyakk..

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    • Dredd on Jun 29, 2021 at 10:58 pm

      Selangor has koyakk. Dredd agrees

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    • Shikrin Syu on Jun 30, 2021 at 10:40 am

      Right on, bro. Other countries knows exactly what SOP is.

      Onli Malaysia, SOP means differently…..hihihihi
      “P” means pening during MCO1
      “P” means pengsan during MCO3

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      • Sick & Tired on Jun 30, 2021 at 4:00 pm

        Other countries rakyat follow SOP
        Here rakyat disobeys SOP then complain when kena saman.
        Sick & tired of these bunch of pussies

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  • george on Jun 30, 2021 at 7:59 am

    Another MITI’s achievement after ecording near zero car sales in June. All over the world trying to get zero emission and we already zero in almost everything including EPF saving.

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  • Its basically no ‘standard’ in so-called Standard Operating, with each Gov agency, state, and councils having their own interpretation.
    Also doesn’t help when announcements are made first with vital details coming days later after its enforcement date,

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    • Copy Paste on Jun 30, 2021 at 6:42 pm

      Copy paste:
      SO HOW NOW???
      Happy ?
      before that u were Playing with rhetorics now the impact all Malaysian suffer..
      Good move!!! guys”

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  • Malaysian on Jun 30, 2021 at 10:22 am

    The pening SOP, half bake MCO & NRP are killing everyone, the Rakyat & businesses. What happened now can be lessen if GOV enforced a “real lockdown” from beginning (cancel all approved MITI letter & reclassify the term MCO/PKP with only food & real essential to operate only) too late now, the current lockdown till end 2021

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    • Kenny Tan on Jun 29, 2021 at 11:21 am
      Boleh bagitahu kerajaan supaya kecualikan negeri Selangor dari angka Covid19 nasional kerana tanpa angka dari negeri tu, mmg angka harian bawah 4000 kes sehari. Knp negeri lain turut dan terpaksa tanggung lockdown? Kerajaan nak bagi semua negeri/sektor/peniaga/rakyat mampus? Ketatkan SOP untuk semua negeri yg lain je. Yg kat Selangor tu, tutup/tingkatkan SOP yg lebih ketatlah.

      Amir on Jun 29, 2021 at 1:42 pm
      Siapa yg berkerajaan di Selangor? Pakatan Harapan. Diaorang akan dengar Federal Gomen? Jangan harapanlah!

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