KUALA LUMPUR (May 19): Perodua announced today the car manufacturer has resumed operations at all 182 sales, 202 service, and 68 body and paint outlets nationwide, after a two-month closure due to Malaysia's Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement today, Perodua said its outlets restarted operations on a staggered basis from last Tuesday and the company has been working hard to ensure all the sufficient health and safety measures are in place.
Perodua president and chief executive officer Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad said in the statement: "We announce today that we have finally put in place the necessary safeguards at all our outlets nationwide to ensure that our valued customers and employees will be sufficiently protected in the light of the ongoing Covid-19 situation."
"Production in Sungai Choh began partially on May 11 and is now in full swing. We hope to fulfil demand as quickly as possible," Zainal said.
In the statement, Perodua said customers looking to service their vehicles are required to secure an appointment beforehand with their service centre of choice. Perodua said walk-ins will not be accepted at present to avoid crowding.
"All visitors must undergo temperature checks before entering outlets, register their details and adhere to social-distancing markers within the outlets at all times. Hand sanitisers are placed at key locations, while the outlets themselves are sanitised regularly," it said.
Malaysia's MCO, which was initially scheduled between March 18 and 31, requires non-essential businesses to stop operations, while the public is ordered to stay at home to curb the Covid-19 outbreak.
On March 25, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the government decided to extend the MCO until April 14, because updates from the National Security Council and the Health Ministry indicated an increase in Covid-19 cases. On April 10, Muhyiddin said the government was extending the MCO until April 28.
On April 23, he said the MCO was to be extended for another two weeks until May 12.
On May 10, the premier said the MCO, currently with loosened restrictions under the conditional MCO, will be extended to June 9.