Smoother road ahead

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  • Monday, 06 Jul 2020

Vroom, vroom!: A mechanic working on a bike during the ‘Free Motorcycle Checking and Maintenance Campaign’ in Ayer Itam, Penang. — ZAINUDUN AHAD/The Star

THE journey to and from work will be worry-free for Ng Chiew Lian now that she has sent her motorcycle for a free service session in Penang.

The 53-year-old tailor said her old motorcycle had not been serviced or repaired for a year.

“I have had this motorcycle for decades now and it is a model that was more popular in the 1950s to about the 1980s.

“As the model is quite old, it is hard to find spare parts or get proper maintenance for it.

“This free service session is timely for me and motivates me to get back to work after suffering three months of zero income.

“Now I can travel without worrying about my motorcycle, at least for a year or so, ” she said.

(From right) yukawa and ng observing the motorcycle servicing work during the session.(From right) yukawa and ng observing the motorcycle servicing work during the session.

Ng was among over 80 riders who received free servicing for their motorcycles during the ‘Free Motorcycle Checking and Maintenance Campaign’ near the Kampung Baru Village Community Management Council hall on Saturday.

Another motorcyclist, clothing store worker Cheah Bok Hua, 45, said he was grateful for the free service at the campaign.

“I was fortunate to be selected for this. I have not serviced my motorcycle for over a year and if I were to visit other mechanics now, the service would easily cost me over RM200.“Receiving free service really lightens our burden, especially those who have lost our income during the movement control order period (MCO).”

The event, which saw 12 mechanics helping the motorcycle owners, was organised by Boon Siew Honda Sdn Bhd with Ayer Itam assemblyman Joseph Ng Soon Siang’s office.

During the campaign, over 80 residents in Ayer Itam received full checks for their motorcycles involving components like motorcycle oil, tyres, batteries, spark plugs, chains and brakes.

Honda aftersales department general manager Kohei Yukawa said the campaign, which cost some RM16,000, offered free service to those owning models EX5, C70, Wave 100, Wave Alpha and C90 as well as old models.

(From left) Cheah and Ng ready to ride off after getting their bikes serviced for free.(From left) Cheah and Ng ready to ride off after getting their bikes serviced for free.

“All the listed models are affordable ones used by lower-income families.

“With Covid-19 impacting them, we hope to do something to help them during these trying times.”

Ng said he hoped the campaign lessened the burdens faced by the B40 group.

“While the campaign is only for one day, representatives from Honda have given an assurance that those unable to get their motorbikes serviced in time would receive a voucher for them to visit Honda stores later on.

“And we were told that this campaign will be carried out in the coming weeks by Honda during their roadshows as well, namely near Jelutong, Penang Hill and Balik Pulau, ” he said.

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