PETALING JAYA: The Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM) has appealed to its remaining staff to persevere, saying it will “start afresh” and overcome its financial problems.
Its general manager, Eugene Tay, in a WhatsApp message to the staff, said AMM has sold its building in Shah Alam to raise funds.
“We will clear all debts and start afresh, focusing on modernisation especially on the call centre and rescue (team).
“Incentives will be introduced to reward excellence to have the best work team. I urge all of you to be strong and stand firm for the next few months. We shall recover and come up stronger than ever,’’ he said.
The Star reported on Saturday that AAM, the country’s premier motoring authority, was facing a RM6mil debt crisis and had to sell its headquarters in Shah Alam for RM7.5mil to pay its staff, many of whom had not been paid for months.
The report stated that a special general meeting will be held on Oct 3 to seek formal approval for the sale.
Tay said AAM would also develop its own mobile app to hasten the recovery process, adding that the bike brigade deployed for on-the-spot repairs would be strengthened.
He said towing services will be carried out by AAM’s insurance providers.
An AAM official, when contacted, said that outsourcing the towing service would result in a loss of revenue for AAM.
“AAM pioneered tow truck assistance and now our tow truck fleet will become obsolete,” he added.
He urged the management to table a proper revival plan at the special meeting.
“Every month, the volume of debt will increase so there must be a plan for this.
“The money from the building is not enough,” he said.
He said Malaysia would not be able to hold motorsports events like the F1 and MotoGP because AAM stewards were the only ones who could survey, inspect, approve and issue licences for international and local races.
According to AAM annual reports, the body has been suffering losses since 2008, with its biggest deficits in 2010 (RM2.9mil) and 2013 (RM2.15mil).
On Aug 17, affected AAM staff picketed outside the headquarters in Shah Alam, demanding their salaries.
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