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About 750 people attended the NSTRDA's 42nd Anniversary celebration recently at the Hee Lai Ton Restaurant.
The Negeri Sembilan Tyre Dealers & Retreaders Association (NSTDRA) celebrated its 42nd anniversary on 2nd September, 2018 at the Hee Lai Ton Restaurant (S2) Sdn Bhd.
Before the grand dinner, there was a Tyres, Machinery & Tools & Lubricant Exhibition, which saw the participation of 6 companies. They were Westlake Marketing (M) Sdn Bhd, LKM Machinery & Trading, Saramoly (M) Sdn Bhd, Toyo Autopark Sdn Bhd, Trux Resources Sdn Bhd and Webmax Technologies Sdn Bhd.
There was also a special appearance by the Team Westlake Malaysia (TWM) drift team. Four drift cars fitted with Westlake Sport RS tyres were lined up in the restaurant foyer and attracted many fans. TWM also gave a demo of their drifting skills and thrilled the crowd with their slick drift moves.
About 750 people attended the grand dinner, including Malaysian Association of Tyre Retreaders & Dealers Societies (MATRDS) President Foo Chong Seng, Tyre Retreading Manufacturers’ Association of Malaysia (TRMAM) President Chin Hong Meng, NSTDRA’s Honorary Advisors Loh Mui Sang, Lau Koon Ming and Lee Ruen Wah, members from various state tyre associations, guests and the media.
“As professional tyre dealers and distributors, we should educate and introduce the right tyre patterns to car owners that suit their applications. We should gather more strength in promoting the ‘Right Tyre Specification Awareness Campaign’,” said NSTDRA President Lai Jih Shen during the celebration dinner.
He continued that many car owners lacked tyre knowledge and were not familiar with a tyre structure and the various tyre patterns as well as how to choose the right tyre based on their applications. For instance, for drifting enthusiasts, they should use tyres that were suitable for drifting, instead of normal tyre patterns. For regions that had lots of rain, the motorists should choose tyres that featured good water evacuation for safety.
“However, above all is the driver’s attitude and behaviour that remain the long standing corner stone of road safety. Obeying traffic rules, saying no to reckless driving, not speeding in the rain, changing tyres at about 5mm remaining tread depth and many more to ensure a safe journey,” he stressed.
According to Lai, many tyre shops in Seremban were set up by young people from Titi and Jelebu as well as tyre chain store owners from Klang, Kuala Lumpur and Johor. The development and growth of economic, college and education centres in Seremban, the increasing number of cars and much lower shop rentals compared to other cities were the major attraction.
“Traditional tyre shops have been greatly affected by the wave of new tyre concept stores. The signage of some of these traditional tyre shops was not that attractive as they did not have any sponsorship from tyre manufacturers in the early days. Today, with the reduced advertising budget, tyre manufacturers would only sponsor tyre shops with new signage if they are able to meet their high sales target. This resulted in some of our members having to pay out of their own pockets for a new signage or could not afford to change their signage.”
Lai also announced the good news that Westlake Marketing (Malaysia) agreed to sponsor the NSTDRA members with a new 4x20 or 4x25 signage without charge (including installation fee). In addition, they could place their company’s name and sponsors’ brand logos on the new signage.
“We strongly urge our members not to increase their remaining tyre stock retail price until the tyre manufacturers officially announce the new retail price after the implementation of the Sales and Service Tax (SST). The Royal Malaysian Custom Department and Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs would conduct random check on the price and they hope to get co-operation from the tyre industry to maintain the old price. In the short term, we believe that the tyre retail price would increase slowly to allow the transition to take place,” said MATRDS President Foo.
He pointed out that only businesses that made RM500,000 and above a year would be subjected to SST, which meant 90 per cent and above tyre shops were free from SST. For tyre shops that had been paying the Goods & Service Tax (GST), if they received a letter from the Royal Malaysian Custom or Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affair that required them to pay SST but were not liable to do so, they could appeal and ask for exemption.
“Retreaded tyres were not subjected to tax previously but are now taxed at 10 per cent. MATRDS already had a discussion with Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng on this matter. The selling price of retreaded tyres would become higher if the government imposed tax on them, which would affect the consumers and the growth of the industry,” he added.
Foo also pointed out that MATRDS received more than 10 fraud case complaints from members in Selangor, Perak, Johor and Sarawak. Many members were cheated. He said the number might be more as MATRDS made an announcement to warn members two months ago, which effectively put a stop to the fraud. However, he urged members to be on high alert for fraud.
Among the event highlights were the cake cutting ceremony and toasting, entertainment and lucky draw.
该公会在联欢晚宴前，主办了一个小型轮胎、机械、工具及润滑机油展，吸引了6家公司参加。其中包括威狮行销（马）私人有限公司、LKM 机械及贸易、Saramoly（马）私人有限公司、Toyo Autopark私人有限公司、Trux 资源私人有限公司及Webmax科技私人有限公司。
值得一提的是这一次还有马来西亚威狮漂移车队（TWM）的特别演出。四辆安装上威狮Sport RS轮胎的漂移车排列在喜来登（S2）酒家门口，吸引了不少粉丝围观。 该车队也借此机会大显身手，为现场来宾带来了一场精彩绝伦的汽车漂移表演。
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