Car sales stagnant due to price uncertainty

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  • Friday, 16 Jan 2004

SALES of cars have been stagnant over the past two weeks because distributors have not announced the new prices after the recent adjustments in import tax and excise duties for new cars beginning this year, reported Utusan Malaysia

Car traders were reported to be in a “dilemma” as buyers dared not commit themselves, the daily said. 

In its survey, Utusan Malaysia found that all the affected parties, namely financiers, car distributors as well as buyers, were in a predicament as all of them were affected by the excise duties. 

On another issue, Utusan Malaysia columnist Awang Selamat in his “Bisik-Bisik” column said nothing much had been achieved in the anti-smoking campaigns launched by the Health Ministry. 

He said more youngsters were picking up the smoking habit and he suggested that the Government increase the taxes on cigarettes to curb the habit.  

Berita Harian reported that a Year One pupil was among 10 students arrested by police for several burglary cases in Putrajaya. 

The report said the students were arrested on Sunday and police believed they had solved more than 10 burglary cases reported since June last year. 

The arrests were made after police had earlier detained two children who broke into a sundry shop and stole nine hamsters.  

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