Instead of giving out cash incentives to owners to replace old vehicles, BN should fulfil their election promise in GE 13 to bring car prices down by 30%

Two days ago, Bernama reported that Putrajaya is mulling to introduce a new policy on the lifespan of vehicles in the country. Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai also said that this proposal included a cash incentive for the owners to replace old vehicles.

This new policy if reintroduced represent a double flip-flop by the BN government. Putrajaya had in Nov 2013 killed off a proposal to set a 12 year-age limit on cars after receiving opposition from the rakyat.


Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi was quoted saying the below in 2013.

“I want to stress we have no plans to impose a lifespan on cars for disposal purposes and we do not want to burden the public.”

If Putrajaya doesn’t want to burden the public in 2013, why in the world has Putrajaya decided to burden the public in 2017 by imposing a lifespan on cars?

I urge Putrajaya to immediately call off this proposal which will burden the public, especially the lower income group and fresh graduates. Many fresh graduates are still driving their parents’ old cars. Instead of proposing age limit on cars, BN should fulfil their election promise in GE 13 to bring car prices down by 30% by 2018.

By bringing down car prices, Malaysians will be able to enjoy better quality cars at a cheaper price. Those who can afford new and better quality cars will automatically replace their old cars and at the same time, this would also not burden people in the lower income group with the pressure to replace their old car which is still working perfectly.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman had as recent as 2016 said that car prices will come down by 30% by 2018. We are now only two months away from 2018 but there is not a single sign that car prices will come down. In fact, car prices had gone up by 10-20% since 2013 due to the falling Ringgit.

I call on BN to immediately bring down car prices by 30%, failure in which BN will be booted out from Putrajaya for their failure to fulfil their election promise.

Media Statement by Chong Zhemin DAP Perak Publicity Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to MP Taping on the 31 October 2017

The reversal of the excise duty hike of MPV does not mean BN fulfill its last GE manifesto, call for BN to make clear on the roadmap to reduce car prices by 30% by 2018.

I cautiously welcome BN move to reverse the excise tax hike on certain MPV models, though the excise duty hike should not have happened in the first place since BN has promised to reduce car prices up to 30% by 2018.

The decision to reverse the excise duty hike does not mean BN has fulfilled its last GE manifesto. The people have every right to ask when will car prices come down by 30%.

We are now less than a year before reaching 2018 and there is not a single sign that car prices will come down. Has BN decided that it will renege on its promise to bring car prices down hence the flip-flopping on excise duty hike trying to give the impression that car excise duty have come down?

If Putrajaya is sincere to bring car prices down, I urge Putrajaya to immediately lay out a clear roadmap on how to reduce car prices by 30% by next year.

Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to Taiping MP on 14 April 2017