SHAH ALAM: The Government has been urged to review the payment charged for every approved permit (AP) used by car importers amid the current economic uncertainties.
Kumpulan Rahman Brothers Sdn Bhd Group executive chairman Datuk Abd Rahman Ibrahim said the payment was a burden particularly in view of the depreciation of the ringgit which led to higher operating costs for companies.
"Our subsidiary, Syarikat Rahman Brothers Motor, for instance, has paid RM48.24 million for the AP since the scheme was first implemented in the country," he said.
Abd Rahman said he hoped the Ministry of International Trade and Industry could consider a review to either abolish the AP payment or reduce it until the economy stabilises.
He was speaking in a press conference after the official launch of the RM20 million Wisma Rahman Brothers by the Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
In view of the economic slowdown, he said the company had to find ways to cut costs.
The company, he said, had also recently ventured into education and tourism in Cambodia.