KUALA LUMPUR — January 19, 2018: Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sdn Bhd (Proton) has clarified that the car price discounts given to Federation of Hokkien Association of Malaysia (FHAM) is a common business practice.
The clarification was issued following questions raised on the matter by non-governmental organisation Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) after Nanyang Siang Pau yesterday published a report on a “special promotion” offered by Proton to FHAM.
Proton in its press statement said it is a common business practice in the automotive industry to offer corporate sales discounts based on bulk purchase and fleet sales.
“We wish to reiterate that Nanyang also reported that Proton always provide corporate/fleets sales promotion to corporate customers, associations, organizations, and institution (including media). Therefore, Hokkien Federation (FHAM) is not a special case,” the statement read.
Proton also pointed out that FHAM had approached and support it with a commitment to purchase.
“Based on the large number of members of the associations and its employees, we are able to custom make a special package that both parties have agreed upon.
“Any cooperatives, organisations and associations that buy certain volume of cars are also entitled to this corporate sales special arrangement, subject to terms and conditions between Proton and the said parties,” said Proton.
FHAM has some 200 guilds nationwide.