KUALA LUMPUR: Automotive companies Proton, Perodua and Honda Malaysia will suspend their business operations from March 18 to 31 in keeping with the Restricted Movement Order imposed by the government.
"Perodua will suspend all operations at our head office, manufacturing facilities, sales and service centres as well as Body & Paint outlets nationwide, from March 18 to 31, or subject to any new announcement by the government from time to time," said Perodua president and chief executive officer Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad.
"Due to this, new vehicle deliveries, servicing and Body & Paint services are expected to resume only after the Movement Control Order is lifted. Our related outlet personnel may contact customers during this period to provide explanation and clarification. We ask for your patience and understanding during this time.
"We hope all Malaysians will cooperate with this government directive and limit their movements as much as possible to curb the spread of Covid-19. If you experience any issues with your vehicle during this time, you may call Perodua Auto Assist toll-free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," he said.
Proton and Honda Malaysia released similar statements on their overall operations.
Proton said all its customer service activities, such as sales and after sales at all its outlets, will be temporarily halted, along with production activities at the company’s Tanjung Malim and Shah Alam plants.
Honda Malaysia said its business operations involving its plant in Pegoh, Melaka, and nationwide sales offices and dealerships, will be suspended during the same period.
Honda’s statement reads: "We will resume business operations tentatively on April 1.
"Honda Malaysia will continue to monitor the situation closely and update accordingly. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time.
“Rest assured we will resume all operations as soon as clearance is given by the government of Malaysia. During this trying time, we feel these necessary precautions are profoundly crucial, as safeguarding the health and security of Malaysia and its people remains Proton's top priority.
“For emergency cases such as breakdowns or accidents, please contact our customer care hotline - available 24 hours.
“We thank you for your continued support of Proton and we ask that everyone follows the guidelines set for the safety and wellbeing of the country and its people.”
As of the publication of this article, other automotive companies in Malaysia have yet to provide statements on the restricted movement order.