Bracing through pandemic with SOPs for the automotive ecosystem in Malaysia

PERODUA Suppliers Association (P2SA) believes that they are able to perform better this year by following the standard operating procedures (SOPs) laid out by the Government and by effectively communicating between its members and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), despite most its members are located in Selangor.

According to P2SA, the recently-extended movement control order (MCO 2.0) to Feb 18 would help to protect the industry as it recovers this year

Its president Musa Zahidin Ahmad Zaidee said that while the COVID-19 situation remains the main concern for its 129 members, the MCO is expected to manage the situation until vaccinations begin.

“Our main objective is to keep everyone safe and, at the same time, protect our livelihood. The only way to achieve that is to work with the Government to lower the number of COVID-19 cases – especially in industrialised areas,” he added.

Furthermore, P2SA and Perodua will work together to create SOPs for the entire automotive ecosystem. 

SOPs that comply with stringent safety procedures at the workplace, proper hostel that offer safe living conditions for staff and by offering rotating COVID-19 tests for all employees – among others.

“Right now, we are working together to finalise these best practices by learning from any mistakes or even successes in managing this crisis so far,” he pointed.

He stressed that all vendors do follow the SOPs provided by the Government at their respective operations and strict monitoring will be done by a group consisting of P2SA members and representatives from Perodua.

“There is very little room for error as the fate of the industry and, more importantly, the health of our country depends on our commitment in following these SOPs,” he remarked.

Meanwhile, he added that Perodua’s recent announcement of its commitment to purchase RM6.5 bil worth of local components in 2021 – RM500 mil more than the RM6 bil spent in 2020 – has given hope that 2021 will be the year of recovery for the industry.

“We thank Perodua for its commitment for the ecosystem and this will go a long way in keeping most of the local players afloat, especially the local vendors, as we deal with this pandemic,” Musa Zahidin commented.

He said the Malaysia Automotive Association’s total industry volume target of 570,000 units for this year is also another positive indication that the industry and the economy are heading towards the right direction.

“This pandemic is temporary in nature and we just need to hold out a little longer,” he added. – Feb 7, 2021

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