Armizan Confirms Possibility Of Lemon Law Reformation

Minister of Domestic Trade and Cost of Living (KPDN) Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali in Dewan Rakyat sitting today (July 3) acknowledged that while the Consumer Protection Act 1999 [Act 599] already includes some provisions related to Lemon Law, there are additional provisions across various acts like the Contracts Act 1950 [Act 136], the Sale of Goods Act 1957 [Act 382], and the Hire-Purchase Act 1967 [Act 212].

In response to the inquiry by Datuk Shamshulkahar Mohd Deli (BN-Jempol), Cha Kee Chin (PH-Rasah), and Shaharizukirnain Abd. Kadir (PN-Setiu) who sought detailed information on the Ministry’s efforts to develop or amend Lemon Law said, “…following various complaints and related cases, as well as feedback from multiple parties, the government is undertaking several initiatives to provide comprehensive protection.

This includes conducting a Study on the Establishment of Legislation related to Lemon Law with a group of expert consultants. This study began in June 2024 and is expected to be completed by September 2024.

The results of this study will serve as the basis for policy decisions on whether to improve the existing legal framework or introduce new legislation.”

Additionally, Armizan said that the ongoing study will determine the necessary legislative changes and that the Ministry is dedicated to strengthening protections for consumers who purchase defective vehicles.

Answering Ir. Ts. Haji Khairil Nizam Khirudin (BN-Jerantut) regarding the Ministry’s support towards the implementation of Lemon Law, Armizan confirmed that there is a commitment to strengthening Lemon Law to address such concerns.

Despite recent issue of vehicle import failures, including issues with Chery Omoda and Honda HR-V, Armizan noted the government’s ongoing efforts to draft new legislation or amend existing laws.

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