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  • Socar launches car-sharing programme in Malaysia

    First launched in 2011 in Jeju Island, South Korea, Socar is a mobile app-based car-sharing programme which operates with a fleet of almost 9,000 cars, over 3,000 parking zones and 81 cities in the southern part of the country.

    Now in Malaysia, the car-sharing app kicks off operations in Malaysia, with 240 cars available for use from 100 pick-up points across Kuala Lumpur. Currently, the line-up of cars is comprised of the Perodua Axia and the Honda City at a 30% split each, with the Honda HR-V and the MINI Cooper making up the remaining 40% of the available fleet.

    Hourly pricing for the Socar programme is as follows: the Perodua Axia goes for RM8 per hour on weekdays and RM11 per hour on weekends, the Honda City at RM9.90 on weekdays and RM15.90 on weekends, the Honda HR-V at RM18.90 on weekdays and RM25 on weekends, and the MINI Cooper goes for RM25 on weekdays and RM30 on weekends (prices exclude GST).

    To use, download the iOS or Android app from the App Store and Play Store respectively, and sign in. Details required are identification (NRIC or passport) and a valid drivers licence, which are to be submitted by uploading respective images of each. An image of the user is also required to verify that the document holder and app user are the same person.

    Once the account is verified via SMS, bookings can then be made. Users can then head to a Socar zone where the vehicles will be located, and once pictures of the car are taken and uploaded to verify the condition of said vehicle, the user can be on his or her way.

    There is also the door-to-door delivery service for added flexibility, where users can have the Socar vehicle delivered to their desired pick-up points and subsequently for their drop-off location of choice. An additional RM5 will be charged for this service, and is currently limited to the Bangsar and Damansara Heights areas.

    The Socar Stress-free Pass is also available for those who want to use the service overnight on weekdays. Available Mondays to Thursdays from 7pm to 8am, the cars that can be hired out for the duration are the Perodua Axia, Honda City and Honda HR-V at RM28, RM37 and RM69 respectively.

    Duration of hire can be from 30 minutes up to two to four weeks, the upper limit depending on demand and therefore supply. CEO of Socar Malaysia Leon Foong says that the vast majority of users thus far have been found to use Socar vehicles for less than 30 minutes for any given booking. Times of higher demand, such as in the coming Chinese New Year season, will see the limit reduced to aid supply.

    Fuel usage is covered by a fuel card provided within each Socar vehicle, with fuel costs included in the initial fee paid for the duration booked, for a mileage rate of 30 km per hour. Any distance covered beyond that will be subject to a charge of 25 sen per km. For the booked duration however, fuel card usage is unlimited.

    Should tolled roads be used, SmartTAGs or Touch ‘n Go cards are not included, and therefore is a bring-your-own arrangement. Payment is via the Braintree payment gateway, and will support both debit and credit cards. Insurance includes comprehensive coverage as well as personal accident, provided by Allianz and Liberty Insurance.

    Future plans include fleet expansion to 1,000 cars in the next 12 months, and to 10,000 cars by 2020. The company’s future plans will include seven-seaters as well, although makes and models are yet to be confirmed. Growth of pick-up and return locations are on the cards too, though subject to incoming data and user feedback; likely growth areas are the Subang Jaya and Sunway regions, Foong says.

    What do you think of Socar, dear readers? Might this tempt you away from the now-familiar selection of ride-sharing apps, particularly if you prefer to drive rather than be driven?

     
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  • PLUS announces contra-flow on ELITE highway for Jan 25 – between KM36.5 and KM35.5, 10pm to 5am

    Highway concessionaire PLUS has announced that there will be a temporary contra-flow on the ELITE highway (North-South Expressway Central Link) on January 25 (tomorrow). The one km-long closure between KM36.5 and KM35.5 (that’s between the KLIA and Nilai Utara interchange) will be effective from 10pm to 5am the following day.

    According to PLUS, this is to facilitate installation works of a gantry signage structure at a new interchange within the designated area.

    Drivers are advised to plan their journey ahead and follow all traffic signages and instructions given by PLUS personnel at the area.

     
  • 2018 Malaysian auto sales (TIV) expected to rise to 590,000 units, opportunities and challenges await

    The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) held its annual market review yesterday, revealing the official sales figures posted by its members in 2017 while sharing the club’s outlook for this year. The total industry volume (TIV) for 2017 was 576,635 units, 0.6% lower than the 580,085 units achieved in 2016.

    “The local automotive market had remained subdued much of last year. Despite our country’s economic recovery and the aggressive promotional campaigns undertaken by MAA members, sales remained essentially flat in 2017. This can be attributed to inflationary pressures affecting consumers’ disposable income which consequently resulted in cautious spending,” MAA president Datuk Aishah Ahmad said.

    It’s not all bad news however. Other than the fact that the decline was just marginal, the overall 2017 TIV was essentially dragged down by commercial vehicle sales. CV sales declined from 65,491 units in 2016 to 61,956 units last year, a drop of 5.4%. Passenger vehicles registrations remained flat, going up by 85 units (0.02%) to 514,679 units. Therefore, it can be said that the overall TIV decline was caused by the drop in CV sales.

    2017 passenger vehicle sales remained flat; poor CV sales is the cause of TIV drop

    Commercial vehicles include panel vans, pick-up trucks, trucks, prime movers and buses. Pick-up trucks, which are also used in non-commercial applications, is the biggest CV sub-segment with 66.7% of the pie – sales here dropped 7.6% from 44,695 units in 2016 to 41,316 units last year. Slow pick-up sales, along with a 9.4% decline in smaller trucks, contributed to the CV sales decline.

    Passenger vehicles are divided into a few sub-segments – passenger cars (sedans and hatchbacks), MPVs, 4WD/SUVs and window vans. Passenger cars declined by 12,323 units (-3.2%) and SUVs went down by 3,670 units (-5.7%), but the slack was picked up by the MPV segment, which recorded a huge 30.4% jump in sales from 56,733 units to 73,968 units.

    A check with Honda Malaysia confirmed that its BR-V is officially classified as an MPV, despite the SUV-inspired looks. The BR-V, Honda’s first foray into the budget seven-seater market, was launched in January 2017, giving it a full year of sales. The company shifted over 17,500 units of the BR-V (figure derived from 16% of Honda’s 2017 sales), which is slightly more than the overall MPV segment’s jump in sales (17,235 units).

    Honda sold over 17,500 units of the BR-V in 2017, while MPV segment sales jumped 17,235 units

    Speaking of Honda, the brand consolidated its position as the top non-national brand in Malaysia and number two overall, only behind perennial market leader Perodua. It sold 109,511 units in 2017, which is both an all-time record for the brand and the first time its sales breached the 100,000 mark. One in five new vehicles Malaysians purchased last year was a Honda, which speaks volumes of the brand’s staggering growth over the past few years.

    Production of new vehicles recorded a decline of 45,614 units (-8.4%) to 499,639 units from 545,253 units in 2016. The reason the production volume drop is much steeper than the 0.6% TIV decline is because car manufacturers were quick to make adjustments in production to avoid an overstock position heading into 2018.

    Last year was the second consecutive year that TIV has contracted, after six consecutive years of growth up to 2015. But this is not something that the MAA did not expect – while it forecasted a slightly higher 590,000-unit TIV for 2017 a year ago, the automotive club said then that the year would be as challenging as 2016.

    Pick-up truck sales declined 7.6% in 2017

    MAA is once again forecasting the 590k mark for this year, expecting a small 2.3% growth from last year’s actual TIV. The club arrived at the figure based on combination of macro and local factors. In the global scheme of things, the world’s economy is expected to continue chugging along at a steady clip – the International Monetary Fund projects global growth to increase from 3.6% in 2017 to 3.7% in 2018.

    Closer to home, Malaysia’s economy is forecasted to expand between 5% to 5.5% in 2018. That’s pretty healthy, and will be driven mainly by domestic demand and exports. The local economy will also be boosted by the implementation of large infrastructure projects such as the LRT3, MRT2 (Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya), East Coast Rail Link and the Tun Razak Exchange.

    Of course, there will be challenges, and the expected rise in cost of doing business is one. A combination of the implementation of the Employment Insurance Scheme (EIS), shift of foreign worker levy burden to employers (Employer Mandatory Commitment) and the review of the minimum wage could impact the margins of companies, and the auto sector is not immune to it.

    Perodua will be looking forward to the new Myvi’s first full year of sales

    For the man on the street, rising cost of living will be his concern. While slightly off the peak, our country’s (still very) high household debt levels (84.6%) will combine with rising costs to restrain consumer spending, especially on big ticket items such as a new car, which is second only to a property purchase in value.

    High debt levels won’t do loan approval rates any good, and this is a challenge that Perodua has raised often over the years. On that front, things won’t improve (from the carmakers’ point of view) very soon, as banks are expected to, at the very least, continue being stringent with loan approvals.

    One factor is the implementation of the Malaysian Financial Reporting Standards 9 (MFRS 9) starting this year. MFRS 9 requires banks to change the way they make provisions for loan losses. Banks will have to make provisions for future losses once there are warning signs of default, as opposed to the previous practice of only writing it off once the loan is classified as non-performing. It is said that this might cut into the lenders’ margins and make loans pricier/harder to obtain for borrowers with weaker credit profiles.

    Mercedes-Benz and BMW both achieved all-time sales records in Malaysia last year

    The business community has been expecting Bank Negara to raise the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) for some time now. The central bank’s monetary policy committee meets this week and if the outcome is status quo, a 25 basis-point hike will come sooner rather than later. The OPR has been unchanged at 3% since July 2016, and a hike would mean higher interest rates for loans.

    Also, the government is set to unveil a revised National Automotive Policy (NAP) in the middle of this year. The current NAP was announced in 2014, and the main focus then was on Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEVs). The upcoming blueprint will focus on connectivity, mobility, next-generation vehicles, big data and lifestyle. All very current and very broad terms, so we’ll have to wait for the full reveal.

    Subdued it may be, but for certain sectors within the auto market, times have never been better. Premium brands Mercedes-Benz and BMW both achieved all-time sales records in 2017, mirroring the brands’ record sales year globally. For the affluent, there’s no bad time to buy a nice new ride, and there’s also no reason why this premium trend won’t continue in 2018.

    Proton’s first SUV, based on the Geely Boyue, is set to surface in Q4 2018

    In the mass market, Perodua is looking forward to the new Myvi’s first full year of sales, and has set a 2% higher sales target of 209,000 units for 2018. The market leader has previously hinted at a new SUV model – will a crossover arrive late in the year to supercharge the TIV? Speaking of new SUVs, Proton is set to introduce its first ever SUV in Q4 this year. The CR-V-sized model will be based on the Geely Boyue, a good looking car from Proton’s new foreign partner.

    Honda has yet to announce its 2018 sales target, but we won’t bet against the on-form brand with the “challenging spirit” raising the bar yet again. Toyota has a couple of premium Japanese CBU imports lined up, along with the C-HR. The latter has captured the imagination of many, but is priced higher than similarly sized rivals – it remains to be seen if the flamboyantly-designed C-HR will give overall figures a big boost like how the HR-V did for Honda in 2015.

    What’s for sure is that 2018 will be another exciting year for new products as carmakers battle it out for our hire purchase loans.

     
  • GALLERY: Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 CKD – RM155k

    The Mitsubishi Outlander range is now completely locally-assembled and is available in two flavours, the 2.0 (RM140k) and 2.4 (RM155k). What we have here is the 2.4 CKD, which is cheaper by RM16,000 over the CBU model it replaces. As usual, the seven-seater SUV comes with a five-year/100,000 km warranty.

    Under the bonnet is the same 2.4 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 167 PS at 6,000 rm and 222 Nm of torque at 4,100 rpm. It’s paired to the INVECS-III CVT and Mitsubishi’s Multi-Select four-wheel drive system with 4WD Eco, 4WD Auto and 4WD Lock modes. Mitsubishi claims a fuel consumption figure of 12.8 km per litre.

    The kit count here remains largely unchanged – LED headlights, paddle shifters, powered sunroof, electric parking brake, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and a powered tailgate remain, as per the CBU unit. Also on are fog lights (halogen), LED combination tail lights, keyless entry, push-button start, auto lights and wipers and dual-zone auto climate control.

    The 2.4 can be differentiated visually by the new 18-inch eight-spoke two-tone alloy design (the previous design is available on the 2.0) and a tailgate spoiler. New to it is the 2-DIN head unit (shared with the 2.0) with a seven-inch touchscreen, supporting Apple CarPlay and Air Gesture Control as well. A 360-degree surround-view monitor has also been added for good measure.

    For colours, the 2.4 can be had in the same exact palette as the 2.0, beginning with the Ruby Black (available only on the PHEV model in other countries), Red Metallic and Solar White. The Grey Metallic paint option has been dropped from the list. You can read our review of the CBU model here, and browse the full specifications and equipment as well as get the best deals on a new car on CarBase.my.

     
  • Vietnam begins use of Euro 4 petrol, Euro 5 diesel

    The turn of the new year marked the start of Euro 5 diesel and Euro 4 petrol sales in Vietnam, sold by the Vietnam National Petroleum Corporation (Petrolimex). The latest fuel variants in the country will be sold alongside the company’s other unleaded fuel products, including Euro 3 RON 95 petrol and Euro 2 diesel.

    In Vietnam, RON 95 Euro 3 and Euro 4 are priced at 19,280 dong (RM3.32) and 19,480 dong (RM3.36) respectively, while RON 92 E5 biofuel is priced at 18,240 dong (RM3.14). In Vietnam, RON 92 E5 biofuel replaced the RON 92 fuel without a biofuel component on December 15 as part of the government’s effort to boost consumption of the E5-blend RON 92 fuel, and to reduce the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels.

    The E5 biofuel blend is supplied by Petrolimex and PetroVietnam Oil Corporation, as quoted by VietNamNet. Vietnam’s new fuel regulations come ahead the Euro 4 standard required of diesel vehicles from this year. In Malaysia, BHPetrol kicked off the Euro 5 diesel proceedings with a limited introduction at the end of 2014, while BHPetrol and Petronas brought Euro 4M RON 97 petrol in September 2015.

    As for Euro 4 RON 95 petrol in Malaysia, the lower-sulphur content grade of fuel will arrive in October this year. A brief recap – a ‘Euro’ rating on fuels isn’t the same as the emissions standards commonly written about, but rather a different set of standards for fuels which allow vehicles with appropriate emissions control equipment to meet the emissions standards they were designed for.

     
  • GALLERY: BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in vs 530i

    BMW 530e iPerformance (left), BMW 530i (right)

    Last week saw the launch of the BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid, which joined the regular petrol-powered 530i as the second member of the G30 5 Series family. We’re now providing you with an in-depth photo gallery to show what exactly you gain and lose with the addition of electric power.

    The biggest gain (or is it loss?) is the price – the 530e Sport Line retails at RM343,800 on-the-road without insurance, making it RM45,000 less expensive than the 530i M Sport. To give you a sense of perspective, the Mercedes-Benz E 350 e range starts from RM392,888 for the base Exclusive model.

    Although you get the same engine under the bonnet – a B48 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder – it only makes 184 hp from 5,000 to 6,500 rpm and 290 Nm of torque from 1,350 to 4,250 rpm, rather than the 530i’s 252 hp and 350 Nm. However, the 113 hp/250 Nm electric motor bumps total system output up to 252 hp and 420 Nm, identical in power and an increase of 70 Nm compared to the 530i.

    The electric motor is integrated to the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, which allows the ratios to be used in all-electric mode and negates the need for a torque converter. This helps offset the additional weight brought on by the motor and the battery.

    All this means that the 530e is capable of sprinting from zero to 100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds (identical to the 530i) before hitting a top speed of 235 km/h. Combined fuel consumption on the European NEDC cycle is rated at 2.0 litres per 100 km, while carbon dioxide emissions are quoted at 46 grams per kilometre.

    Under the rear seats is a 9.2 kWh lithium-ion battery, cutting boot space from 530 litres to 410. This enables the 530e to run in electric mode at speeds of up to 140 km/h, with an electric range of 48 km – 13 km more than the smaller 330e. Real-world range in hybrid mode is pegged at 644 km. Charging the battery is claimed to take under five hours from a domestic socket, or under three hours with the 3.7 kW BMW i Wallbox.

    Onwards to the kit the 530e loses compared to the 530i. The main difference is that the 530e doesn’t come with the M Sport package, which adds sportier front and rear bumpers, side skirts, blue brake calipers and a unique three-spoke steering wheel. There’s also piano black instead of aluminium hexagon interior trim, beige headlining instead of black BMW Individual Anthracite and standard rubber instead of alloy foot pedals. No leather trim on the centre console, either.

    Also gone are adaptive LED headlights with their distinctive hexagonal corona ring daytime running lights, although the standard units are still bi-LED. Other notable omissions include a sunroof, the Gesture Control system, the touchscreen BMW Display Key and the 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. Adaptive cruise control, which was deleted from the 530i with the move to local assembly, is also missing here.

    The rest of the equipment remains, including LED fog lights, 19-inch alloy wheels (in a different V-spoke design), BMW Individual satin aluminium exterior trim, Comfort Access keyless entry, power-adjustable sports seats with driver’s side memory, four-zone auto climate control, sunblinds for the rear windows (manual) and windscreen (electric), 11-colour ambient lighting, a hands-free powered bootlid and Dynamic Damper Control.

    You also get the upgraded Professional navigation system with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, along with a full 12.3-inch multifunction instrument display, a reverse camera and Park Assistant for automated parallel and perpendicular parking manoeuvres, plus a 12-speaker, 205-watt HiFi sound system.

    Safety-wise, the 530e comes with the Driving Assistant package that adds Approach Control Warning and Person Warning with City Brake function, operating at speeds between 10 km/h and 60 km/h for pedestrians and 80 km/h for vehicles. Other features included in the pack include Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning, rear collision prevention and rear crossing traffic warning.

    Buyers can choose between Glacier Silver Metallic, Alpine White, Mediterranean Blue Metallic, Carbon Black Metallic and Bluestone Metallic exterior colours, while black (with contrasting white stitching and piping, instead of blue stitching on the 530i) or Cognac Dakota leather upholstery feature inside.

    Read our in-depth international review of the new G30 BMW 530e iPerformance here, and you can also browse full specifications and equipment, and get the best deals on a new car, on CarBase.my.

    GALLERY: BMW 530e iPerformance Sport Line


    GALLERY: BMW 530i M Sport

     
  • Elon Musk won’t get paid by Tesla lest targets are met

    In perhaps one of the boldest moves in corporate history, Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, has announced his new compensation plan: Musk will only be paid if he reaches a series of milestones based on the company’s market value and operations. If the goals are not met, the multi-billionaire will be paid absolutely nothing.

    According to the New York Times, Tesla has set a dozen market capitalisation targets, each US$50 billion (RM196 billion) more than the next. The first target starts at US$100 billion (RM391.75 billion), then US$150 billion (RM587.63 billion) and so on, with the final goal being US$650 billion (RM2.54 trillion) at the end of the 10-year plan.

    The only other companies with a market cap above US$650 billion today are Apple with US$908 billion (RM3.55 trillion), Alphabet (Google’s parent company) with US$807 billion (RM3.16 trillion) and Microsoft at US$707 billion (RM2.77 trillion). To put those numbers in perspective, Tesla Motors’ market cap is worth only about US$59 billion (RM231 billion) today.


    The Model 3 is Tesla’s first ever mass volume electric car

    As for Musk, he will be paid out in 12 tranches – again, only if the targets are met. The first payout (1% of the company’s shares, worth about US$600 million [RM2.35 billion] in today’s share price) will only be issued if Tesla’s market value hits US$100 billion. Under the plan, Musk’s pay is tied strictly to stock performance and profit. He will receive no salary or bonus. There are also milestones tied to revenue and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation, Tesla said in a statement.

    Musk will collect an additional 1% stock grants for every additional US$50 billion increase in market value. To hit the final target, Tesla will also have to hit sales and profits targets, including an annual revenue of US$175 billion (RM685 billion), which is more than General Motors’ sales.

    The publication also said experts find it “laughably impossible” for Tesla to be valued at US$650 billion (that would make Tesla one of the five largest companies in the US, based on current valuations). However, if Musk somehow succeeds, his payout could be worth a staggering US$55 billion (RM215 billion), and his stake in the company would be worth US$184 billion (RM720 billion), making him the world’s richest man.

    Musk, who is already the world’s 44th richest person with a US$21.5 billion (RM84.23 billion) fortune (according to Bloomberg’s billionaires index), is Tesla’s biggest shareholder with a 21.9% stake. If he keeps all his current shares and achieves the maximum bonus target, he could end the decade with 28.3% of Tesla’s shares (if the company does not release any more).

    However, the announcement was met with a number of criticisms, with some calling it a publicity stunt and to create the illusion of success while consistently missing production estimates. Tesla continues to lose money – at one point last year, it was losing almost a half a million dollars (RM1.96 million) an hour, according to Bloomberg.

    The New York Times however, said Musk’s compensation plan is no illusion. The CEO only gets paid only if the company succeeds over the long term, and it’s impossible for him to manipulate the system by trying to prop up the stock price for a temporary period. Under the terms of the arrangement, even once his shares vest, he has to hold them an additional five years before he is allowed to sell them.

    Tesla’s shareholders will vote on the proposals in March. Musk and his brother Kimbal, who is Tesla’s third-biggest shareholder, will recuse themselves from the vote.

     
  • Proton, Lotus terminate JV with China’s Goldstar

    Proton Holdings has terminated its joint venture (JV) contract with China’s Goldstar Heavy Industrial to build and market Lotus cars in China, The Edge reports. Lotus Group International, also a party in the equity venture, has also issued a termination letter to Goldstar. In April 2015, the parties signed an agreement to accelerate the development of Lotus cars in that market.

    In a filing with Bursa Malaysia, DRB-Hicom said the contract was terminated because the JV company, Goldstar Lotus Automobile, had failed to obtain the required manufacturing licence in China in time. The deadline to obtain this was September 25 last year, but it was then extended by both parties to December 31, 2017.

    The licence was still not obtained despite the extension, DRB-Hicom said. It added that the parties will consider and agree on the next course of action under the equity JV contract, in accordance with Chinese laws.

    The new company was established with the aim of producing and selling Lotus-branded cars, engines, parts and components as well as accessories in the republic.

    Lotus Cars is of course no longer owned by DRB-Hicom. In May last year the conglomerate announced it was selling off Lotus in its entirety, with the sale to be accomplished in two blocks. In September 2017 it was announced that Zhejiang Geely Holding (ZGH) had completed the transaction for a 51% majority stake in Lotus, with 49% being held by Malaysian automotive group Etika Automotive.

     
  • Auto maintenance bill to be tabled in March, requires service centres, workshops to be licensed – report

    Service centres and workshops may soon need to obtain a licence to continue operations, as the automotive maintenance and repair service bill is set to be tabled in parliament in March.

    According to Berita Harian, minister of domestic trade, cooperatives and consumerism (KPDNKK) Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said that the laws are intended to assure consumers and protect their interests without neglecting industry players. He said that its enforcement will enable the industry to progress in line with the rapid development of technology whilst protecting consumer rights and interests.

    “The ministry will produce a special licence to owners or operators of service centres and workshops,” said Hamzah. “This special licence will only be produced if certain requirements are met, such as employing accredited mechanics. We’ll treat mechanics as doctors, who are given licences according to their specialisation, and who would be committing an offence if they provided services without a valid licence.”

    The bill was created after KPDNKK received consumer complaints regarding the service of workshops and service centres. It will also, among others, ensure these businesses operate according to their category and specialisation, said Hamzah.

    “The three categories that have been finalised are engine repair, maintenance service and accessories such as tyres, while other categories will be defined in the near future, he said. “The regulations will need to be flexible and will be upgraded from time to time, in line with the ever-changing technologies in the automotive sector. For example, vehicles used to have fewer electronics, but now more and more are using them.

    “Hence, when [the bill] is passed in parliament, we will call up service centre and workshop owners and operators to to explain it,” Hamzah said, adding that the ministry is being understanding regarding the change and does not intend to take away their livelihood or to inconvenience them.

    “We will provide a timeframe. For those that already have a business, but do not have mechanics or workers with the right accreditation, they would need to send them for certain courses,” he said.

    Hamzah said that KPDNKK will take action against those that fail to comply. However, it has yet to decide on the form of punishment, and is still in the discussion process. “Currently, there are around 30,000 workshop operators across the country. The enforcement is expected to raise the level of professionalism of mechanics, on par with other career fields,” he said.

     
  • Malaysian police gets 871 new Kawasaki motorcycles

    To increase its motorcycle patrol unit (URB) capability, especially in crime-prone and border areas, the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) have acquired 871 Kawasaki motorcycles. Of these, 200 are Kawasaki KLX250 off-road bikes to be used by police in states sharing a border with Thailand, while a few Kawasaki Z250s can also be seen in the photos. Other models may be in the mix too.

    In a handing-over ceremony at the General Operations Force Tactical Base near Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said,”With this increase in the number of motorcycles, I am confident we can tackle crime more effectively, especially in crime-prone areas.” Also present at the ceremony were Datuk Tajudin Md Isa, Bukit Aman Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department director, Datuk Asri Yusoff, Kedah Police Chief and Executive Chairman of Kawasaki Motors (Malaysia) Ahmad Faez Tan Sri Yahaya.

    During the ceremony, 67 Kawasaki motorcycles were handed over Kedah police, including 20 KLX250 off-road two-wheelers. Fuzi said the motorcycles will be handed out in stages to the various state police. The purchase of the motorcycles cost the police about RM28 million and will be used to shorten police response time.

    Fuzi said in a The Sun Daily report that police currently have a strength of 4,189 patrol motorcycles. “We received very good feedback about the unit as the motorcycles are able to go to the locations faster, in less than 10 minutes. I want to thank the government for its concern for the needs of security forces, especially PDRM, in providing assets which are for the wellbeing of the people,” said Fuzi

     
 

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