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

MACC must explain the decision to declare that there is no element of corruption in the Patriot Car Plate Scheme even before any investigation is initiated.

SPRM MACC Letter
I lodged a report at MACC Ipoh office on 2 July 2015 to urge MACC to investigate if there is any abuse of power or corruption involved in the approval of Patriot Car Plate Scheme.
I received a letter from MACC stating that my report has been referred to the “Information Assessment Committee” and the committee has decided that there is no element of corruption in the Patriot Car Plate Scheme and MACC has no jurisdiction in this issue.
It is unprofessional and premature for MACC to kill off the report on Patriot Car Plate Scheme and declare a “no corruption” decision even before any investigation has been initiated. I call on MACC to explain the decision to the public.
The Patriot Car Plate scheme awarded to YPN (Yayasan Patriot Negara Malaysia) at the price of RM1 Million and was subsequently auctioned to the public at an estimated RM10 – 15 Million is a potential loss of public funds. The RM10 – 15 million if raised by RTD would constitute public funds which can be used to improve the people’s welfare.
MACC must summon Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai who approved the Patriot Car Scheme to explain the rationale for approving the car plate scheme which cause tax payers to potentially lose tens of millions of public funds from the sale of Patriot Car Plate Scheme.
In the current economic outlook where the Ringgit is heading for a freefall and the country’s revenue shrinking due to the plunge in oil prices, Malaysia could not afford public funds being robbed and leaked through the award of such dubious scheme with zero transparency and no open tender.
I urge MACC to immediately initiate investigation on the Patriot Car Plate Scheme to uphold integrity, accountability and good governance and to prevent more wastages and leakages in our public funds.
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to Taiping MP on 25 August 2015

Report to MACC – Liow Tiong Lai must explain the rationale for approving the “Patriot Car Plate” without open tender to Yayasan Patriot Negara Malaysia(YPN) and suspend the “Patriot Car Plate” sales indefinitely pending a full investigation and inquiry.

It has been more than 24 hours since DAP Perak gave notice to the Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai to respond to the “Patriot Car Plate” scheme, there has been nothing but thunderous silence from Liow. This morning, DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau lodged a report to MACC Ipoh to investigate if there is any abuse of power or corruption involved in the approval of “Patriot Car Plate” scheme.
According to the Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, the “Patriot Car Plate” scheme was approved by Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai. Now that the cat is out of the bag, Liow can no longer remain silent and must explain to the public his rationale for approving and awarding the “Patriot Car Plate” without open tender to Yayasan Patriot Negara Malaysia(YPN).
Why did he outsource this special car plate scheme to a third party when JPJ can sell the car plates to public through open tender getting an estimated RM10 – 15 million revenue. By approving the “Patriot Car Plate” scheme, Liow Tiong Lai has limit JPJ’s revenue to only RM1 million, which is the amount YPN paid to JPJ to buy the “Patriot Car Plate” series.
The RM10 – 15 million if raised by JPJ would constitute public funds which can be used to improve the people’s welfare. Liow Tiong Lai who is the final approval of the “Patriot car Plate” scheme must bear full responsibility of this potential loss of revenue by JPJ.
I call on Liow Tiong Lai to use his power as the Transport Minister to suspend the sales of “Patriot Car Plate” indefinitely and immediately carry out a full investigation and inquiry if there is any abuse of power and corruption involved in the “Patriot Car Plate” scheme.
If Liow Tiong Lai insist that the “Patriot car Plate” was awarded to YPN through proper procedures. I urge Liow Tiong Lai to immediately reveal and make public the proper procedures and terms to apply a special car plate scheme from JPJ, so that any Malaysians who is interested to apply a special car plate scheme can do so.
If Liow Tiong Lai failed to do so, it would only mean that the “Patriot Car Plate” scheme was awarded to YPN due to political connections and influence of certain parties.
MACC must immediately initiate investigation and probe the “Patriot Car Plate” scheme if there is any abuse of power or corruption involved.
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to Taiping MP on 2 July 2015