Puspakom gets additional concession, 15-yr extension

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Puspakom, the entity which inspects vehicles for road-worthiness, has been granted a 15-year extension of its concession by the government.

That’s not all. The government has also agreed to revise the company’s rates and to award it another concession for the mandatory inspection of second-hand vehicles prior to transfer of ownership.

The Edge business weekly has expressed concern about the 15-year extension. The paper said the government should have reviewed Puspakom’s track record in carrying out inspections since 1994 -and considered some of the bad press it has received – before granting the extension.

The government will only review the company’s performance at five-year intervals. Puspakom made a net profit of RM18 million from turnover of RM76 million for its 2007 financial year. By the time the government reviews its performance in five years’ time, the company could have raked in a further RM90 million or so, The Edge noted.

One of the main reasons for the concession extension is that the company had invested in 19 more inspection centres, largely in Sabah and Sarawak. “Awarding a money-spinning concession based on a company’s willingness to set up inspection centres in remote areas at a cost of RM3.1 million is not a move in the direction of good governance,” said the business weekly in its ‘Frankly Speaking’ column. Indeed.

Contrary to widespread perception, Puspakom is not a government entity, but a monopoly business 100% owned by DRB Hicom. The major shareholders of DRB Hicom (as at 24 July 2007) are Etika Strategi Sdn Bhd (Syed Mokhtar Shah Syed Nor deemed to have an indirect interest) (15%), EPF (17%), and Khazanah (10%).

The information about Puspakom being granted an additional concession to inspect second-hand vehicles is contained in DRB Hicom’s Annual Report for 2007. For the year ended 31 March 2007, Puspakom inspected 2.4 million vehicles. The additional concession would enable it to hit around 2.7 million inspections for the 2008 financial year. An instant increase in profits!

This report from Bernama:

Puspakom Gets 15 Year Contract Extension

KUALA LUMPUR, July 10 (Bernama) — The government has extended the concession contract of Puspakom Sdn Bhd for another 15 years effective Sept 1, 2009, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin said the decision was made after considering various factors including initiatives undertaken by Puspakom, the Computerised Vehicle Inspection Centre, to improve services.

“They include extending operating hours at several vehicle inspection centres and a customer friendly payment system via the drive-in counter.

“For the new contract, the government reserves the right to review Puspakom’s performance once every five years. The contract can be terminated if it fails to provide satisfactory service,” he said during winding-up debate on the Mid-term Review of the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) here, Thursday.

Puspakom had also invested in 19 new inspection centres of which 18 were in the remote areas of Sabah and Sarawak with the other in Bukit Katil, Melaka.

The 18 inspection centres were built at a cost of RM3.1 million with operating cost of RM1.9 million annually….

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lee

9am wait to inspects finally at 1.30 ……

lee

Very slow working.. . Booking is not better…my.

Charity Ngandu

kindly assist me with contacts details for Puspakon Motor Vehicle Inspection Center I wish to communicate with the Executive Director. I am in Zambia, Lusaka.
Thank you

kopitalk 36

Business as usual.Why destroy a cow that is producing good milk? What else?

tuahyong

Puspakom is a … blood sucking by the BE ENED to make their … cronies richer and the Rakyats poorer.
Come on PR, takeover now by hook or by crook because if you don’t do it now, it’s too late to wait for GE13. Heard of the song by Elvis: “IT’S NOW OR NEVER”

amoker

I have to waste one day at puspakom just to get my car checked. Set up 2 other competitors. UMNO likes monopoly.

Phua Kai Lit

FIL-SIL regime is unable to give up its rent-seeking ways.

Richard

They have to continue with the concession. that is one of the way to redirect their ill-gotten resources.

That’s not all. The government has also agreed to revise the company’s rates and to award it another concession for the mandatory inspection of second-hand vehicles prior to transfer of ownership.

Another gold mine for them and who will suffer more?

Times Are Bad, Politicians Are Bad And The Government Is Bad

Sabah Deep Throat

Agree, another 15 years of (allegedly) fleecing the motorist.

We are already suffering from petrol hike, inflation, are they not bad enough???

AHoo

The only way to stop such a gravy train is to first change the policy maker’s. Such easy money for this type of business is God sent, who will not want to be part of it ? This type is regulated business and comes with a high profits and guarantee no risk and lost. I believe there are more efficient way of doing such inspection rather than people waiting queue for long hours everyday at all those centres just to get a certification for the eventual transfer of vehicle ownership. Mind you, the waiting can be for hours if you… Read more »

cjfoo

Another 15 years of shear agony for the transport industry. I really feel sorry for them.

Corruption is (allegedly) rampant in JPJ and Puspakom.

Want evidences, go to the ground and disguise yourself as a lorry driver, Mr. Ong Tee Keat!

reader123

Inspection by Puspakom was also required for transfer of number plate number. The transfer is for the number only why the car need to be inspected beats all comprehension.

Is Puspakom just a money making machine for ????

farid

Will be interesting to know the shareholders behind Puspakom…

sunwayopal

There is a BIG VERY BIG difference if Pakatan and DSAI comes to power vs the current BeeEnd power structure and you should highlight it in your blog. If DSAI ever comes to power, people should not worry, because DAP and PAS comes to power also as EQUAL partners. Lim Kit Siang and Tok Guru will not just let DSAI do as he wants. This will truly be a check and balance govt. Likewise , PAS cant do as they want without angering DAP and also DAP cant do as they want without angering PAS. Because if any of the… Read more »

azisirikit

BN! Continue suck our blood!