11 AAM branches closed in 3 months

> Only seven of­fices, in­clud­ing HQ, still op­er­at­ing na­tion­wide

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY V. RAGANANTHINI

PETALING JAYA: Crip­pled by mount­ing fi­nan­cial woes, the Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia (AAM) has wound up half of its branches na­tion­wide over the last three months.

Of its 18 branches, in­clud­ing its head of­fice in Shah Alam, only seven are still op­er­at­ing.

Staff at sev­eral branches said the as­so­ci­a­tion’s in­abil­ity to stay afloat had re­sulted in the clo­sure of its of­fices in Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan, Perak, Ke­lan­tan, Tereng­ganu, Se­lan­gor, Kedah, Penang and Malacca.

Fol­low­ing the clo­sure of the Kota Baru and Kuala Tereng­ganu of­fices, the Kuantan branch be­came the only one in the East Coast re­gion.

“Although the of­fices are closed, some em­ploy­ees still work from home and are con­tactable through their per­sonal num­bers,” said a staff from the Kuantan branch.

Sim­i­larly, AAM’s Ge­orge Town of­fice is the only one re­main­ing in the north­ern re­gion, fol­low­ing the clo­sure of the But­ter­worth branch last month, and the Ipoh and Sun­gai Petani branches in neigh­bour­ing Perak and Kedah.

How­ever, the clo­sure caught mem­bers off-guard as it came with­out no­tice.

“Some­time in June, I called AAM Serem­ban for a new bat­tery and a per­son­nel was sent over,” said AAM mem­ber M.N. Va­suthe­van.

“I called the per­son when I couldn’t start my car and found that the bat­tery had no war­ranty. I was told that he was no longer with AAM and that he had pur­chased the bat­tery from some­where else, which prompted me to go to the AAM of­fice in Serem­ban ear­lier this week. That is when I found out they had closed.”

While phone lines at the Kuching branch were still ac­tive, sources con­firmed it has ceased op­er­a­tions.

There are cur­rently no AAM of­fices in Kuala Lumpur, as the out­let which was pre­vi­ously lo­cated at the Am­pang Park Shop­ping Com­plex had to be closed when the build­ing was re­cently ear­marked for de­mo­li­tion to make way for the con­struc­tion of the Am­pang Park Mass Rapid Tran­sit sta­tion.

It is learnt AAM’s break­down as­sis­tance ser­vices are still avail­able in some states, and in­sur­ance en­quiries can be done through the phone at the branches that are still open.

Op­er­a­tions are run­ning as usual at AAM’s branches in Shah Alam, Klang, Da­mansara Per­dana, Petaling Jaya, Ge­orge Town, Kuantan and Jo­hor.

The mo­tor­ing as­so­ci­a­tion has been floun­der­ing over debts amount­ing to RM 4.5 mil­lion.

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