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Car Prices In Malaysia

Digest this article, after that, you may need to vomit. What is the
Malaysian Govt doing all these while. Ripping off our Rakyat for the last
30 yrs with APs designed to benefit a few well connected Bumis, the
UMNO/BN have robbed millions of citizens in this fiasco, under the pretext
of protecting our local industry. The Govt have forgotten we Malays are
the largest customers in the country. What is the NEP policy doing ??
Ripping off the Malays (which forms 65% of the consumer base) to benefit
a few UMNO politicians !!!
"We cannot choose the things that will happen to us. But we can choose the attitude we will take
toward anything that happens.. Success or failure depends on OUR attitude"
Malaysia Boleh...Buy Malaysian Products...Long Live Malaysia..Malaysia Ku Cemerlang...!
BMW 535i sells for RM178,000 in the US

In the United States of America (a developed country which we are also

aspiring to become by the year 2020) a 2009 model BMW 535i Sedan is
selling for about USD50,367.00. This is only RM178,000 - about the
price of a Toyota Camry 2.4L here in Malaysia . The same BMW sells in
Malaysia for about RM450,000.

BMW 328i sells for RM155,000 in the US

The 2009 model BMW 328i 2 door Convertible sells for USD44,014 or
RM155,369.00 in the US . In Malaysia the same car sells for over
RM460,000. This is an untenable situation.

Audi A4 2.0T Cabriolet Convertible sells for RM142,000 in the US

The 2009 model Audi A4 2 Door 2.0T Cabriolet Convertible sells in the
US for USD40,328.00 or RM142,357. In Malaysia the same car would sell
for about RM265,000.

VW GTI 2.0T sells for RM85,000 in the US

In the US the 2009 model Volkswagen GTI 2.0T sells for USD 24,039 or
RM85,000 only. In China the same car will cost around RM60,000. Over
here the same VW car sells for about RM200,000.

And the 2010 model Toyota Camry 2.4L sells in the US for USD 19,659.00 or
RM69,396 In Malaysia the 2008 Toyota Camry 2.4L sells for
RM170,000. Toyota Camry 2.4L, 2010 model. RM69,000 in the US

Car prices in Malaysia are about three times higher than the prices in the
United States. We are a developing nation. Our land and labour costs are so much
cheaper than the US . Why are our cars so expensive? It does not make any sense.
Tak masuk akal.

Then here are some car prices from our neighbour Indonesia . The Toyota Altis sells
in Indonesia for about RM46,000. The same car sells here for around RM 112,000.
Again we are three times more expensive than Indonesia

The Honda Jazz sells here for RM108,000.. In Indonesia the Jazz sells for RM
36,000. Three times more expensive.

We are paying ridiculously high prices (and actually impoverishing the Malays -
who are the largest buyers of cars in Malaysia) to support an out of date, out of
touch with reality motor car policy.

We are paying the highest car prices in the world to support the Proton and other
locally made cars as well as support a mind boggling AP policy which only benefits a
relatively few rich Malays. A disproportionately large number of Malays and other
Malaysians are
being impoverished to subsidise the wealth of a few inefficient rich.

26 million Malaysians have to pay three times more for their cars just to support
Proton and 120,000 people who are directly and indirectly involved in the motor
sector in Malaysia and the AP holders. That is a ratio of 216:1.

This ratio of 216:1 is too skewed. 26.0 million happier people can contribute many
more votes than 120,000 members of an inefficient motor industry. 26 million
unhappy people can change a Government. (The maths is not really difficult here)

And this outdated policy is impoverishing the Malays more than anyone else.

Here is some news from our DPM Tan Sri Muhyudin Yassin about our car
policy. This is truncated:

Muhyiddin assures govt support for automotive parts and component sector

1. KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 - The deputy prime minister said special focus
will be given to "facilitate and encourage" the development of the automotive parts
and component sector despite the current global and regional economic downturn.

2. "Under the CEPT and Asean Trade in Goods Agreements, Malaysia has agreed to
eliminate import duties on all products in the Normal Track on January 1, 2010.
This includes motor vehicles, auto parts and components," he said.

3. He pointed out that . .. . the motor vehicle sub sector in Malaysia will not be
directly impacted because of its heavy dependence on the domestic market.

4. "The Malaysian government recognises the contribution of the

domestic automotive industry towards the development of the country."

Para 2 sounds promising but then Para 3 and 4 basically says that the Malaysian
motor car industry will continue to be protected. This means we will continue
paying the highest car prices in the world for automobiles.

Cuba kita kira : kalau kereta Honda Jazz di jual dengan harga yang sebenarnya
(lebih kurang RM36,000 saja) dan bukan pada harga sekarang
(RM108,000) maksudnya bayaran bulanan pembeli kereta akan jadi kurang,
mungkin sepertiga sahaja daripada bayaran bulanan sekarang.

Jika sekarang orang bayar RM1,500 sebulan untuk beli Honda Jazz, kalau
harga kereta lebih menepati harga pasaran dunia, orang kita perlu
bayar sekitar RM500 saja sebulan.

Maksudnya tanpa Kerajaan perlu membuat apa pun (merangsang ekonomi,

belanja berpuluh billion Ringgit duit rakyat untuk stimulus dan sebagainya) setiap
rakyat Malaysia yang membeli kereta yang seharga dengan Honda Jazz akan dapat
menjimatkan sehingga RM1,000 sebulan daripada kos sara hidup bulanannya.

This is like giving the car buyer an RM1000 pay rise without incurring
any extra costs for the taxpayer, the Government or the economy. It
will greatly reduce the cost of living in Malaysia and spur greater economic growth

Tapi sekarang, yang menjadi mangsa dulu dan yang menjadi miskin dulu
orang Melayu juga. Orang Melayu yang paling ramai sekali menjadi pembeli kereta
dalam negara kita. Orang Melayu kebanyakannya makan gaji - tiap bulan dapat
gaji tetap. Bila harga kereta naik gila, yang menjadi miskin di saf depan sekali
adalah orang Melayu juga.

In absolute numbers, the Malays are suffering the most because they are the most in
number among the fixed income people who also buy cars.

Some folks said the other day that Proton has 150 major component
suppliers, dealers, distributors and about 500 other parts suppliers too. Of the 150
major component suppliers, about 15 of them are listed companies. In total they
employ about 120,000 people. The Proton supply chain is a mix of bumiputras and
non bumiputras. But here is a sad fact : none of them are operating at their level
best efficiency.

Our motor car policy is forcing Malaysians to subsidise Proton so that

Proton can sustain major inefficiencies in the Malaysian economy. This is not a good
thing at all.

We have to unwind this situation. Set a target of 18 months from now to unwind all
protection for our motor industry. Remove the impoverishing AP policy also in 18
months. Let Malaysian car prices reflect world market prices for the same makes of

If a BMW 535 sells for RM178,000 in America , it should sell for a little less here in
Malaysia (our rentals and salaries are cheaper). Fw: Car Prices In Malaysia

The Ministers continue making pronouncements about the car industry as though
nothing has happened. I hope everyone will please wake up. The
Government has a real chance of getting thrown out of office in about three years.
The people will not accept inept answers anymore.

The ridiculous car prices in Malaysia is an issue that is just beginning to get more
attention and publicity. It is going to become a really big issue in the near future. Be

Posted by Syed Akbar Ali at 5:49:00 PM 11 comments