The claim period was supposed to end on March 31 but the Government has agreed to extend it for an additional two weeks, Pos Malaysia said.
Eligible vehicle owners are encouraged to renew their road tax and make their claims at their nearest post office before the deadline.
Those who are unable to claim their rebates during office hours can visit Pos Malaysia’s selected outlets after office hours or on weekends.
Or they can make their claims online via PosOnline (www.posonline.com.my) and receive their rebates directly into their bank accounts.
For further information, call PosLine at 1-300-300-300 or visit http://www.pos.com.my.
The rebate was introduced to offset the increase in fuel prices last year.
Kota Kinabalu, Mar 18, 2009: SAPP calls on the Federal Government to extend the period for cars owners to claim the RM625 fuel rebate by at least three months after the initial closing date of March 31 so that Malaysians in Sabah and Sarawak can enjoy this same benefit that are available to Malaysians in the Peninsula Malaysia.
“This is because of the announcement today by the government linked-company (GLC) Perodua that the RM 5000 discount for old cars is only effective April 1, contrary to the news from Proton Edar Chief Executive Office (CEO) two days ago that the RM 5000 discount was effective immediately.” said Don Chin Hon Kiong, who is the Sabah Progressive vice president.
“Malaysians in Sabah and Sarawak now realize that we have been unfairly denied the entitlement for the RM 5000 discount for old cars. Having realized that they are only now entitled to claim the RM 5000 old car discount, some car owners now wish to change to a new poton or perodua and then claim their fuel rebate of RM 625 using the new car. But Proton and Perodua will only begin to accept the trade in of the old cars with the RM 5000 discount on April 1, the day after the closing of the fuel rebate of RM 625.
“So, car owners in Sabah and Sarawak are forced to forgo one of their rights; which is either to the buy a new Proton or Perodua so as to qualify for the RM 625 rebate but they will have to forgo the RM 5000 discount. Or else, the car owners will have to forgo the RM 625 rebate this month; keep the old car and wait for the RM 5000 discount scheme to be implemented.
Don queried the government why Malaysians in Sabah and Sarawak should be caught by this dilemma?
“According to Proton Edar CEO in yesterday’s news reports, nearly 2700 vouchers have been issued. This amounts to more than RM 13 million. None of these beneficiaries are in Sabah and Sarawak. The least that the BN government can do now is to correct the injustice inflicted on Malaysians in Sabah and Sarawak by extending the RM 625 fuel rebate period by three months so that car owners can exercise their rights to claim the RM 625 fuel rebate and the RM 5000 discount.
“SAPP calls on the many BN Ministers in both the State and Federal government to take up this issue with the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister before it is too late. Whatever BN leaders such as Industry and International Trade Deputy Minister Datuk Liew Vui Keong said, the fact is that in Sabah and Sarawak, people still cannot get their RM 5000 old car discount.
“The people should also be reminded that the entitlement to claim the RM 625 fuel rebate is maximum 3000cc for 4 wheel drive maximum 2000cc for petrol cars.” said Don.