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Persatuan Peniaga-Peniaga Tayar Dan Pencelup Tayar Perak (PTDRA) celebrated its 43rd Anniversary with a grand dinner and exhibition on 15th July at the Tow Boh Keong Hall in Ipoh, Perak.
The event was well attended by about 800 people, consisting of representatives from the Malaysian Association of Tyres, Retreaders and Dealers Society (MATRDS), state associations, tyre manufacturers, tyre service equipment suppliers as well as the media.
“First off, I would like to thank everyone for taking the time out of their busy schedule to join us this evening. We want to thank the organising committee, PTDRA office bearers and committee members to make this celebration so great,” said PTDRA Secretary Chai Yen Fong in his opening speech.
He encouraged members to make good use of the ‘honeymoon period’ to boost their sales. The abolishment of the Goods and Service Tax (GST) by the new Pakatan Harapan Malaysia government from 6 per cent previously to being zero rated on 1st June, he said, had freed all products from the GST regime, including tyres. Since there was no GST and the Sales and Services Tax (SST) was only to be implemented from 1st September, he pointed out that members should grab the opportunity to convince consumers to replace their tyres if they were due for change before the reintroduction of the SST.
“We need the co-operation from all the members. Do not disrupt the market and market price, and provide misleading information that tyres must be fresh from the production lines. This would rebound upon oneself.”
He added that PTDTA would continue its effort in attracting new members as there was strength in numbers. “Bigger numbers mean bigger power and a stronger voice for the Association. We are the contact centre for the industry and our members; we help each other internally and cooperate with the government in policy implementation.
“According to MATRDS Consultant H.T. Tan, the new government would continue to promote and push the professional status of the technical role across all sectors through the Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) certificate programme. Besides that, the Employment Insurance Scheme (EIS), which aims to help laid-off employees looking for another job and who contribute to Socso and the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) would also carry on its role; thus members should continue to contribute.”
Meanwhile, MATRDS President Foo Chong Seng said there was a technician shortage in the tyre servicing industry, especially those who were experienced and skilful. He said Johor was severely affected by this shortage as many technicians preferred to work in Singapore as the salary was higher. If their monthly salary was SD2,000, it was the equivalent to about RM6,000.
“We have to pay more to hire local technicians due to the shortage. This would increase our operating cost and it would ultimately be passed onto the consumer. We hope to have a dialogue with the government so that it could understand our problem and allow us to employ foreign workers.”
Foo also revealed that MATRDS currently had 2,232 members, which accounted for about 20 per cent of the industry players. He urged the state associations to put more effort in recruiting new members.
“The more members we have, the more powerful we are. Collectively, with one voice, we are stronger and have a greater impact than when any of us stands alone,” Foo added.
Among the evening highlights were the entertainment, cake cutting and toasting ceremony as well as the lucky draw.
此次参加展出的公司有可利达机械有限公司、万达国际汽车仪器制造有限公司、Aveno行销私人有限公司、Optimum Fluids 行销私人有限公司及Setia轮胎修补产品（马）私人有限公司。
“根据联合会执行顾问陈贤通引述，政府将透过马来西亚技术证书（SKM）课程，继续在各个领域推广和推行技术人员的专业地位。除此之外，雇员失业保险（EIS）和员工培训基金（HRDP） 将继续执行。EIS旨在失业期间资助那些有缴交社会保险被辞退的员工 。因此，会员应该继续呈报缴费。”
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