Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Bangi and Assistant Political Education Director for the Democratic Action Party (DAP) on the 7th of January 2022

The Recycled Auto Parts industry in Malaysia can help consumers reduce their vehicle repair costs, can increase the environmental sustainability of the auto sector, and can contribute to Malaysia’s external trade.

The president of the Malaysia Used Vehicle Autoparts Traders Association (MUVATA), Mr. Heng Kim Siang, announced that his association is working with their suppliers to offer discounts for their recycled auto parts to flood victims whose vehicles have been damaged in the recent floods. At the same time, he also expressed the association’s desire to work with the General Insurance Association of Malaysia (GIAM) / Persatuan Insurans Am Malaysia (PIAM) to provide recycled auto parts as a more affordable option for vehicle owners who cannot afford to pay the “betterment” policy for new spare parts. (See Appendix 1 below).

The importance of MUVATA’s members and their products and services can clearly be seen after the recent devastating floods in the country. According to MUVATA, recycled auto parts such as gearboxes, starters, and alternators, can cost one-third or one-quarter of the price of a new vehicle part. A new gearbox costs RM2000 while a recycled one may cost as little as RM500. Consumers can enjoy significant savings by using safe recycled parts from reliable suppliers. These cost savings are even more important when flood victims must fork out extra money to buy new beds, electrical items and furniture, just to name a few.

At the same time, developing and promoting the recycled auto parts sector can also be environmentally sustainable. As much as 80% of a car can be recycled including spare parts, batteries, aluminium, copper, steel, and even car windshields. This industry should be seen as having the potential to be a “green and clean” industry rather than a “dirty, dangerous and difficult” (3Ds) industry.

In addition to helping consumers and having the potential to be a “clean and green” industry, the recycled auto parts industry also contributes to Malaysia’s external trade. According to MUVATA, approximately 65% of their members’ products are exported to most markets in the developed world such as the United States and Europe. It is estimated that the global market for recycled vehicles and parts is as much as US20 billion and growing at 5% (CAGR) per annum. This means that the activities of MUVATA’s members also contribute to the economic health of the transportation & logistics sector in the country. If the right policies are put in place by the relevant government ministries such as MITI and the Ministry of Environment and Water (MEWA / KASA), Malaysia has the opportunity to be a regional or even global hub for auto parts recycling and distribution via methods which are “clean and green”.

With this in mind, I call upon MITI to have a dialogue with MUVATA to discuss the details of the upcoming implementation of the “Guidelines for the Importation and Inspection of Metal Scrap” which will come into force on the 10th of January 2022. Without taking into account the importation requirements of MUVATA’s members, the supply of good quality and reliable recycled auto parts in Malaysia may be put at risk.

Appendix 1: Media Statement by the President of MUVATA on the 6th of January 2022