The second national car maker, Perodua (Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd) has announced and assured its customers that supply of their vehicles to their customers are not affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami tragedy in Japan. This is because the tragedy have caused some Japanese manufacturers to suspend production in order to help with rescue efforts. Perodua’s main partner is Japan’s Daihatsu Motor Company who is also a stakeholder in the company.

According to Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh, the Managing Director of Perodua, Perodua currently source about 10 to 20% of their parts from Japan which are being installed in their currently selling models namely the MPV Alza, the Viva and the Myvi. The company is also looking for alternatives to mitigate the rising yen and price of raw material where they are already adopting hedging exercises.

He also said that unless there is a drastic change in the situation, there would be no increase of pricing of their vehicles but if that happens, then Perodua might need to look into reviewing its prices. But at the moment, buyers can rest assure that the models would still be selling in the current prices. They are also donating RM50,000 to the Japanese government via the Japanese Embasssy here to help with rescue efforts in the aftermath of the quake.