by RAHIMI YUNUS/ pic by AFP
JAPANESE carmakers Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co have temporarily stopped production at their plants in Malaysia due to a nationwide lockdown measure.
This is similar to their move early this year, when the government announced a nationwide lockdown.
Toyota, which produced around 51,000 vehicles in Malaysia last year, will halt sales and production from today, according to a spokeswoman, Reuters reported.
The spokeswoman said the company has not decided when production will resume.
Similarly, Toyota’s subsidiary Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd would also halt its production in the country from today until June 14.
A Honda spokesman reportedly said the automaker would temporarily close two plants during the lockdown.
The plants, which make about 100,000 cars and 300,000 motorcycles per year, are expected to resume production from June 15, the spokesman said, Reuters reported.
Malaysia’s first phase of a total lockdown begins today for 14 days to reduce the spike of Covid-19 cases.
Only essential services are allowed to operate, including car workshops and spare parts sales, but only with a 60% workforce.