KUCHING: The abolishment of the cabotage policy will open up the market and spur further growth in the automotive import industry.
According to Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, the slow growth of the sector had caused members of the Association of Malay Importers
and Traders of Motor Vehicles Malaysia (Pekema) to face stiff challenges in their trade.
“Once implemented on June 1, import and export activities from outside Malaysia, especially from Japan, will involve direct shipment to both Sarawak and Sabah, and we hope that it can lessen the cost which Pekema members have to bear,” he said.
He was speaking at the Pekema dinner at Damai Beach Resort here on Saturday night.
He added that challenges faced by Pekema members meant that they needed to step up their game.
“This is the time for Pekema members to be more proactive in promoting their vehicle sales, and at the same time to take the challenge positively as part and parcel of doing business,” he advised.
Meanwhile, state Pekema president Datuk Seri Abang Khalid Tan Sri Abang Marzuki said the association welcomed the abolition of the cabotage policy as they would be able to directly import vehicles to the state.
“We will see the effectiveness of such policy once it is implemented but we welcome the move as it will solve the monopoly of the industry and open up the market,” he said.
The dinner saw the presentation of donations worth RM20,000 in total to the Kampung Buntal Tua Pek Kong, St Paul’s Church Siol Kandis, Masjid Darul Muttaqin and Masjid Nurir Rahmani.
Also present was Pekema central president Datuk Zainuddin Abdul Rahman, Pekema central deputy president Datuk Nazir Syeikh Fadzir and other committee members.