KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will take action against those who misuse their APs, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz.
“For those who misuse their APs – and if it is proven that they have done so – we have no qualms about rescinding the APs,” she added.
Giving examples of abuse, she said some AP holders make a business out of selling the permits. “They don't sell cars, they sell APs.”
Rafidah said bumiputra holders had also sold their permits to non-bumiputras while some bring in new cars but declare to the Customs that they were reconditioned cars and thus pay lower duties.
“This is all public knowledge,” she said at the launch of Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia here yesterday.
Rafidah said the Customs department would act against AP holders who make false declarations about new cars being reconditioned cars, or declare an incorrect import price.
If the case of a sole importer under-performing in its contract with its principle and has its (sole importer) status cancelled by the principle, the permit of the AP holder can be rescinded and all privileges nullified.
Prior to 1988, the Government's AP system was on an open basis, where companies owned by bumiputras could import new and reconditioned cars.
In 1988, the franchise system was introduced, where franchise holders were appointed by brand principles.
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