Penang car workshops, towing services resume operation

GEORGE TOWN (Dec 5): The car workshops and towing services in Penang resumed operations yesterday after announcing the termination of their ongoing strike.

Penang Motor Vehicles Workshop Owners Association chairman Khor Kong Siah said in a statement that they have met officials of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry and discussed their dissatisfaction.

He also said they have received an official letter to meet with the Malaysia Competition Commission, Bank Negara Malaysia and other government agencies on Friday.

“We have been waiting for this opportunity for three years. I would like to thank our respected Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow and (his political secretary) Teh Lai Heng for their involvement and concern,” he said.

On Dec 2, auto-repair workshop employees and tow truck services in Penang went on strike over claims of unfair treatment from insurers and the alleged monopoly of authorised franchise workshops.

In line with the strike, over 200 call men and tow truck operators handed over their walkie-talkies, towing cards and vests to the Penang Motor Vehicles Workshop Owners Association for safekeeping and informed that workshop employees were not allowed to appear at accident scenes until their conditions were met.

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