Thursday, 19 January 2012

PROTON IN CRISIS

After the 12th Annual General Meeting, Proton Edar Dealers Association Malaysia (PEDA) has been busy with endless meetings after meetings.. which is typical when there are crisis. Barely a month into the new year, we were faced with three major crisis.. the most important crisis is the hire-purchase loan approval rate! On a random check with 20 dealers in various region throughout the nation, the average rejection rate is almost 70% with some dealers complaining of 90% rejection. This was due to the tightening of approval by the Central Bank of Malaysia. Banks gave a clear instruction to avoid submitting any hire-purchase application for PROTON BUYER with salary less than RM1,800 per month!! Even for customer with higher than RM1,800 salary a month, their disposable income MUST be more than RM800 per month. Meaning, after deducting income tax, SOCSO, EPF, housing loan, credit card balance, any other loans re-payment, scoring given on standard of living eg petrol, toll, food.. the disposable income must be RM800 or more. As a result, 70% of PROTON buyer's HP application were rejected. Are we in crisis? yes we are!!


Left: Mohd Zamin Dato Khadri, Mohd Nor Azan Ahmad, Abu Lais Walli Mohamad, Lee Lick Sai, Armin Baniaz Pahamin, Dato Sri Syed Zainal Abidin, Ahmad Suhaimi Ahmad Anuar, Malkeet Singh, Siaw Siew Bee, Lee Vee Lee
Next crisis, is the TAKE-OVER by DRB-HICOM. Well, we are not yet in crisis and may not be in crisis unless, DRB-HICOM change all the policies that has a direct impact to dealers. Since the appointment of Ahmad Suhaimi bin Ahmad Annuar as PROTON EDAR Chief Executive Officer, there have been a clearer direction to improve the overall dealers welfare as opposed to last year when more than 60% of the network was barely breaking-even although the total sales volume had substantially increased. Since the announcement of the take-over, PROTON Managing Director Dato Sri Syed Zainal Abidin has called on all PROTON stake-holders to remain calm and avoid any speculations. Business and target should go on as scheduled. Infact, a day after the announcement, Dato Sri Syed Zainal flew to East Malaysia and met all the Sales Advisors in Sabah and Sarawak. Dato Sri Syed Zainal have met all sales advisor in Peninsular Malaysia early of the year. He recognized every Sales Advisor as an ambassador to PROTON and insisted to shake each and every Sales Advisor's hand and ask everyone to promise that they will uphold PROTON's brand and make PROTON, Malaysia's first choice making him the first and the only PROTON Managing Director or perhaps the only CEO of a car manufacturer that have met and shook all the 4,500 sales advisors in the network.

The third crisis is the implementation and enforcement of the Hire-Purchase Act which in reality had reduces drastically the values of second hand vehicles. Infact, it is not only the value that is affected but also the procedures to sell second hand cars. New car sales are affected because customers are not able to trade-in or dispose of their existing cars. This factor, coupled by the first crisis, if not urgently addressed halt our economy's growth through slower and lower spending as well as the overall automotive industry's volume.

PEDA's meeting with all PROTON Regional Managers. There were Francis Ong Wee Mun as the head of Sales, Francis Wong Seng Liang Central Region-Regional Operations manager, Abdul Haim bin Abd Rahman, East Coast Regional Operation Manager, Wan Ahmad Fafzli Bin Wan Mustafa Southern Region Sales Operation Head, Vignesh Kumar  A/L E. Thavanayagam Northern Region Sales Operation Manager, SH Aidil Fitri SH Abdul Haiyi, Manager Sales Admin and Suria. All are tycos of PROTON sales. I introduced the tycos the new PROTON EDAR Dealers Association Malaysia executive committee line-up are as follows:

1) PRESIDENT: ARMIN BANIAZ PAHAMIN
2) DEPUTY PRESIDENT: DATO NIK IZANI DATO NIK IBRAHIM
3) VICE-PRESIDENT: LEE LICK SAI
4) VICE-PRESIDENT: SIAW SIEW BEE
5) HON TREASURER: DATO YAHYA JAAFAR
6) SECRETARY GENERAL: MALKEET SINGH
7) ASST SEC-GEN: MOHD NOR AZAN AHMAD
8) MOHD TAIB BIN JAMIN
9) WAN AZMI WAN AHMAD
10) ABU LAIS WALLI MOHAMED
11) ADAM KHAN OMAR KHAN
12) JEFF LIM SI HEONG
13) DR WAN IKMAL
14) LEE VEE LEE
15) MOHD ZAMIN DATO HAJI KHADRI
16) DATO ISA INDUT
17) ARIF BORHAN


PROTON EDAR Head of Sales Francis Ong Wee Mun, PEDA President Armin Baniaz Pahamin, PEDA Vice-President Siaw Siew Bee
 









Together, we shall overcome any crisis !! 1PROTON..

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