by ANIS HAZIM
MALAYSIA’S vehicle sales slumped 19% month-on-month to 46,663 units in May compared to 57,912 in April due to the Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0.
Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) also attributed the volume decline to a shorter working month during Hari Raya festive holidays and the continuous computer chips shortages that affected some makes.
However, the total industry volume in May doubled from the 23,366 units sold in the same month last year.
The 46,663 units delivered in May comprised 41,988 passenger vehicles and 4,675 commercial vehicles.
Vehicle makers produced 42,522 units last month compared to 12,286 units made in May 2020.
MAA expects minimal sales in June except for carrying forward May 2021 registration units not invoiced.
“Enforcement of full MCO 3.0 for the whole month of June 2021 and showrooms not allowed to operate would affect the outlook for the month,” MAA said in a statement today.
The association also said most government agencies like the Road Transport Department, Puspakom Sdn Bhd, Land Public Transport Commission and Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board are closed or working with minimal staff.