Yesterday, finance minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz announced that the sales tax exemption will not be extended any further and that it would come to an end as scheduled on June 30. However, he added that the government is making an allowance for the exemption to be applied for any vehicle booked before July 1 and registered before March 31, 2023.
National carmaker Perodua has lauded the move, which will allow buyers to enjoy the sales tax exemption as long as their vehicles are booked by June 30. “We sincerely thank the government for this announcement as it gives the industry and the market breathing room to meet consumer demand while at the same time give players time to overcome various issues that are affecting the industry,” said Perodua president and CEO Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad.
He said this would help car companies, including Perodua, as they look for solutions to issues that are currently impacting production, ranging from the lingering impact of Covid-19 to component and manpower shortages. “These issues are currently being addressed by Perodua and our suppliers, and this registration extension will give us much needed room to overcome these issues,” he said.
He added that for the Perodua’s customers, this announcement gives them much needed reassurance that they will be able to enjoy the sales tax exemption incentive beyond June. “To date, we have significant outstanding orders which we are working to fulfil. We appreciate our customers’ patience in this regard,” he added.
Zainal added that so far, the automaker had delivered 106,179 vehicles between January and May this year, which is 10% more than 96,281 units registered in the same period last year. In terms of registration according to model, the Myvi is the company’s most popular model, with 31,689 units registered in the first five months of this year, followed by the Axia at 24,024 units and the Bezza at 23,336 units
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