In keeping with a report by FMT, the federal government is reviewing and researching the opportunity of introducing a lemon regulation. This was revealed by home commerce and price of dwelling minister Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali, who added that an evaluation of such a regulation in different international locations was wanted earlier than it may be tailored for Malaysia.
Armizan stated the federal government is trying into the thought of a lemon regulation following calls from the Customers’ Affiliation of Penang (CAP) to introduce a authorized treatment for customers. This isn’t the primary time the CAP has urged the federal government to take action, because it did the identical again in 2019.
This matter was additionally introduced up by then minister of home commerce and shopper affairs Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi in 2022, whereby he stated greater than 1,000 instances involving new in addition to used vehicles had been taken to the Tribunal for Client Claims Malaysia from January to August two years in the past.
Lengthy earlier than that, in 2014, the Malaysian Affiliation of Requirements Customers (Requirements Customers) and the Federation of Malaysian Customers Associations (FOMCA) referred to as on the federal government to implement a lemon regulation.
Lemon legal guidelines are a type of shopper safety. In essence, it requires vehicles underneath guarantee which might be discovered to be faulty or unsafe to be absolutely repaired by the producer. Within the occasion the automotive is deemed to be irreparable after an inexpensive variety of restore makes an attempt, the client might be supplied a refund or alternative.
The scope of what’s coated by lemon legal guidelines fluctuate relying on how they’re applied, however it usually covers defects that may considerably impression the performance or security of the automotive. Nations reminiscent of the US, Australia, Canada, Singapore and the Philippines have already adopted some type of lemon regulation.
Armizan famous that Malaysia’s Client Safety Act 1999 did defend customers from faulty vehicles. “The act protects customers relating to faulty automobiles in a number of methods, though it’s not explicitly a lemon regulation and doesn’t provide particular treatments reminiscent of automotive buybacks for unrepairable defects. It offers numerous provisions that may be utilized to deal with issues with defective automobiles,” he defined.
Requires a lemon regulation in Malaysia are nothing new, however a current that caught the general public’s consideration through a viral social media publish have reignited the push for such a regulation. Earlier this month, a purchaser of a brand new Perodua Bezza shared her ordeal of being unable to make use of her automobile for a substantial period of time after it broke down eight hours after amassing her buy.
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