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    Asean’s January car sales, Malaysia has achieved the highest sales as the Thailand continue to show a decline.Thailand is the largest motor vehicle market in Asean.Read the detail news from Bernama below:

    MALAYSIA RECORDS HIGHEST CAR SALES IN ASEAN FOR JANUARY

    Malaysia’s sales of 37,801 vehicles in January is the highest among the Asean countries, said the Malaysia Automotive Association (MAA) president Datuk Aishah Ahmad today.

    She said Thailand had recorded the second highest sales with 32,085 units, followed by Indonesia (31,567), Philippines (8,791), Singapore (7,388), Vietnam (3,852) and Brunei (1,123).

    “This is the first time Malaysia has achieved the highest figure in Asean since the US financial crisis and global economic downturn plagued the region,” she told reporters after the MAA annual general meeting here today.

    Aishah said total vehicle sales in Asean declined to 122,607 units in January compared to 165,363 units in the same month last year.

    “In view of the global financial and economic crisis, Thailand which has the largest motor vehicle market in Asean, will continue to show a decline,” she said.

    In Malaysia, the demand for luxury vehicles will continue to soften, while that for more economical ones will be sustained and boosted by the auto-scrapping scheme, Aishah said.

    She said the MAA would like to appeal to the government for the auto-scrapping scheme to be opened up to all locally assembled vehicles, not just for Proton and Perodua.

    “The others have been in the country for several years and contributed to the government’s revenue as well as in terms of investment and employment,” she said.

    According to Aishah, letters on this matter have been sent to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop and the International Trade and Industry Ministry.

    On March 10, Najib announced that the government would assist in the auto-scrapping scheme for Proton and Perodua.

    Under the scheme starting from March 10 and until the end of the year, a discount of RM5, 000 will be given to those owners who trade in their cars, which are at least 10 years old.

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