Gov’t considering a lemon law in Malaysia – doing so would protect car buyers, says KPDNHEP minister

Gov’t considering a lemon law in Malaysia – doing so would protect car buyers, says KPDNHEP minister

Problems with new cars are not uncommon, but most tend to be minor and easily resolved. However, there are instances where buyers end up with a dud, where all attempts at rectification have proved fruitless, leaving the buyer with no other choice but to seek legal recourse.

Such action is happening with greater regularity. From January to August this year alone, more than 1,000 cases involving new as well as used cars were taken to the Tribunal for Consumer Claims Malaysia, the New Straits Times reports.

According to domestic trade and consumer affairs (KPDNHEP) minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi, a total of 1,126 such cases, involving claims worth RM3.68 million, were filed during the period. Of these, 1,034 cases had been resolved, with 92 still pending.

He said that given the high number of cases, the government was looking at protection similar to the “lemon law,” which would provide vehicle buyers who end up with defective vehicles with an avenue for redress.

Gov’t considering a lemon law in Malaysia – doing so would protect car buyers, says KPDNHEP minister

“There were proposals for Malaysia to come up with laws similar to the lemon law. At the ministerial level, we have discussed the matter and have received input from the industry players. They said they liked the idea of the lemon law,” he said.

A lemon law is a remedy for purchasers of cars and other consumer goods to compensate for products that repeatedly fail to meet standards of quality and performance. It would require defective cars to be repaired or replaced, and a consumer may request for a reduction in price or get a refund.

Singapore, for example, has such a law in place. It allows consumers to make a claim for defective products purchased within six months. Sellers of defective product have to repair, replace, refund or reduce the price of the defective product, with repairs or replacement being carried out within a reasonable time. Consumers can ask for a price reduction or return the product for a refund if seller fails to repair the product.

Gov’t considering a lemon law in Malaysia – doing so would protect car buyers, says KPDNHEP minister

Speaking on the same topic, Federation of Motor and Credit Companies Associations of Malaysia (FMCCAM) president Datuk Tony Khor said a lemon law such as those enforced in other countries would provide extra protection for consumers.

He said that such a law would boost the confidence of people in purchasing more used cars in the future. “If there are manufacturing defects, the suppliers must be held responsible for fixing it.Unfortunately, the responsibility currently falls on the car dealers since we do not have a lemon law here,” he explained.

Calls to enact a lemon law to protect car buyers have been made in the past, but like with most things, nothing has come out of it. Will it finally happen, or will we still be talking about it five, 10 years down the road?

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Anthony Lim believes that nothing is better than a good smoke and a car with character, with good handling aspects being top of the prize heap. Having spent more than a decade and a half with an English tabloid daily never being able to grasp the meaning of brevity or being succinct, he wags his tail furiously at the idea of waffling - in greater detail - about cars and all their intrinsic peculiarities here.



  • Susukotak on Sep 01, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    Kena selaraskan dgn jpj

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  • Fikir on Sep 01, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    New cars part issue?
    Once kena, twice shy.

    Lemon law is great, following singapore – ppl thought its more transparent, less corruption,
    so it might works better.
    Malaysia transparency also improving, bossku masuk jail already?

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    • Sick & Tired on Sep 01, 2022 at 5:24 pm

      US lemon law did not prevent Tesla customers from getting cars that cannot self drive despite advertising they could that. Or cars tested with variants that does not exist.
      No point having lemon law when it does not protect these customers from such unethical business practices.

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  • John Dough Roti Chocolate on Sep 01, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    God dammit finally the politicians using their brains for actual good.

    All these carmakers taking Malaysians for a ride cause they know they can’t be held liable no matter how problematic their car is. With this law like in the USA if they can’t fix the same issue like 5 times the manufacturer MUST buy back the car from the customer.

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  • Fillet o fish on Sep 01, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    For proper implementation they have to follow USA lemon laws. Singapore 6 months is way to short and meant of their country of small car population . Minimum should be 18 months from purchase or 50K km and with. a stipulation that if the car spends time in the shop 30 days in total for the same issue it becomes a lemon.

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  • newme on Sep 01, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    What lemon law? I thought they prefer jungle law?

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  • If good and no problem why sell? on Sep 01, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Very cheap value for money
    new owner should fixed it

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  • Should the law be covering things like fuel consumption advertised (like 22 km/litre) but the actual one is very much different (like 17 km/litre) when driven by any ordinary driver or the car sales-personnel? And about the carbon-dioxide produced when tested by independent labs.

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  • Danny on Sep 02, 2022 at 8:57 am

    When they will include law for used car milage alteration too?

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  • ROTI CANAI on Sep 03, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    proton x70 owners rejoice

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  • Sohai on Sep 04, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    This type of law doesnt apply to 3rd world consumer’s mentality.
    Just go find out how many opted not to take the extended warranty when buying cars like BMW. I bet if there is a cheapwr price with no warranty, ppl will take it.
    And dont kid yourself. Ultimately consumers are the one who will bare the cost for the “lemon” replacement especially for small market like us.

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