The MAA is pleading to the Malaysian government to allow the automotive sector to resume as more and more businesses are getting severely affected by the tightened MCO/ EMCO.
According to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) President, Datuk Aishah Ahmad, the entire supply chain in the automotive sector is severely affected following the complete closure of operations due to the tightened Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) implementation in several districts in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
The feedback she received from the association members showed that business operations in the MCO areas are badly affected due to supply chain disruptions.
"The production and distribution of automotive products, namely motor vehicles, components and spare parts, as well as vehicle sales have stopped since June 1. The termination of all these activities will have far-reaching implications for the entire automotive ecosystem across the country", said Aishah as reported by Berita Harian.
The EMCO has not allowed any business activities from the automotive sector to operate, even for states under Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP). Showrooms and distribution centres are still not allowed to operate even though most economic sectors have reopened.
MAA and Aishah are of the view that the approach to the implementation of the EMCO and Phases 1 and 2 should be studied and reconsidered in major economic contributing states such as Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Johor, Penang and Negeri Sembilan.
She is basically pleading to the government to allow the automotive industry to start up once again before there are any irreversible implications.
On a personal note, not only has this disruption caused business closures, but it has also hindered frontliners from getting to their workplaces quickly. In the last two weeks alone, I have seen friends who are frontliners not being able to go to work due to vehicle breakdowns.
As much as mechanics want to help, they could not get replacement parts as parts distributors, dealers, and shops are closed.
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