The Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM) closes 11 branches. Are you affected?

26 Oct 2016

Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Pulau Pinang, Ipoh, Johor Bahru and Kuantan

AAM tutup 11 cawangan kurangkan kerugian



PETALING JAYA: Persatuan Automobil Malaysia (AAM) menerusi pelan pemulihan yang dirangka 8 bulan lalu bertindak menutup 11 cawangan di seluruh negara dan dijangka mampu mengurangkan kos operasi RM250,000 hingga RM300,000 sebulan.

Katanya, AAM pada mulanya mempunyai 20 cawangan dan 11 cawangan ditutup sejak awal tahun ini serta 25 hingga 30 kakitangan dipindahkan ke cawangan lain, selepas pihak pengurusan mendapati 90% cawangan langsung tiada prestasi.

“Ia termasuk cawangan di Seremban, Melaka, Butterworth, Terengganu dan Kelantan yang ditutup, manakala 9 cawangan di Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Pulau Pinang, Ipoh, Johor Bahru dan Kuantan masih beroperasi.”

8 September 2016

Today, I called up the Ipoh Office of the AAM.

Yes, there will be Emergency Services including the two truck.

Hours are 7.00 am to 11.00 pm.

I am a member of the AAM. If the news is true, that gets me worried…

Will I still get emergency services like puncture repair, a new battery or tow-truck service?




Anxious AAM members flood telephone lines

PETALING JAYA: Hundreds of anxious members of the Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM) flooded the telephone lines of the motoring organisation’s branches yesterday on learning the company was purportedly in dire financial trouble.

AAM’s Damansara Perdana Branch manager Norrizan Ayob, 51, who is an AAM staff of over 25 years, said she and other workers were kept busy with phone calls and messages from members who enquired if there was truth to claims that the AAM was winding up its operations.

“It was hard for me to respond to most of the calls. The members were concerned and wanted to know if the AAM was really on the verge of a financial breakdown. They were sentimental about the long standing and prestigious history of AAM and want to see its operations continue. I strongly believe the company will survive. What we are concerned about is the good name of the AAM is now tarnished due to alleged mismanagement,” Norizan told theSun.

On the the sudden stoppage in the 24-hours breakdown service in the past weeks, she said it was a result of staff in the operations department opting to temporarily work elsewhere as they were broke due to the unpaid wages.

“AAM is still providing breakdown assistance service to its members but there are times when we send tow trucks from insurance companies to rescue the stranded vehicles,” she said, adding that she too had not received her pay since April.

AAM struggling to stay afloat

KUALA LUMPUR: Once a dynamic motoring organisation with over 200,000 members, the Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM) has been forced to its knees with a series of unpaid bills and creditors at its doorstep.

To add insult to injury, its officials face prosecution for non-remittance of Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contributions.

But more important is its relationship with the International Automobile Association (FIA) which is in jeopardy.

The Formula 1 is scheduled to be held in Malaysia in October and it is learnt that FIA president Jean Todt is closely following the developments.

From a hefty cash pot and reserves, two plots of prime land and buildings, what remains are two properties – one in Johor Baru and another – its headquarters in Shah Alam which it wants to put up for sale to pay off mounting debts.

An extraordinary meeting to dispose two units of five-storey shop houses scheduled for last Sunday was called off on technical grounds.

Staff have not been paid for six months and their EPF has not been remitted, which has entailed the wrath of the authorities. Staff were assured that their salaries would be paid on Monday and when this did not materialise, they picketed outside the office.

So, where did it all go wrong? AAM records show that there had suffered small losses (RM46,000) in 2008 but it ballooned from RM584,000 in 2012 to RM2.1 million the following year.

AAM’s annual report and audited accounts for the year ending Dec 31 2014 have not been posted on its website which has provided details from 2008 until 2013. The 2015 AGM has not been held yet.

In its 2013 posting, AAM recorded revenue from annual members’ subscription as RM6.93 million, RM2.6 million from sale of merchandise and RM387,400 from Federation International de Motocyclisme (FIM). It also recorded an income of RM1.5 million through sale of insurance policies to members.

It also reported that its associate, AAM Motorsports (AMS) recorded “an income of RM2,652,408 for the financial period of 2012” with a total of 101 event permits issued for organising clubs at national, zone and international levels. This includes sanction fees for the F1 and the World Motorcyle Championship.

Despite such encouraging figures, there was a deficit with staff costs of RM7.1 million, office rental and expenses of RM960,000.

In an immediate response, AAM Chairman Tunku Mudzaffar Tunku Mustapha attributed its present state of affairs to marketing challenges and drop in market share.

Over the past three to four years, he said, almost 90% of AAM branches were losing money. But yet AAM continued the employment of all staff “to ensure their livelihoods are secure and not affected by economic slowdown, GST, etc”.

“With all these things happening, it has affected AAM’s capability to pay wages on time as income could no longer sustain operational costs,” Tunku Mudzaffar said.

16 August 2016

4 bulan AAM tak bayar gaji, pekerja ditarik kereta, dihalau rumah

August 16, 2016

Selepas 84 tahun beroperasi, AAM kini tidak mampu membayar gaji pekerja dan hampir setahun tidak membayar caruman KWSP.


SHAH ALAM: Persatuan Automobil Malaysia (AAM), penyedia perkhidmatan penyelenggaraan kereta di seluruh negara yang beroperasi sejak 1932, dijangka gulung tikar.

Ini susulan syarikat itu berdepan krisis ekonomi apabila tidak mampu membayar gaji kepada 300 pekerja sejak empat bulan lalu manakala sudah hampir setahun tidak membayar caruman Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP).

AAM bukan syarikat kecil dan pernah gemilang di bawah pentadbiran bekas perdana menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Malah ia diiktiraf sebagai pihak berkuasa permotoran yang bertindak sebagai jurucakap rasmi bagi pemilik kenderaan bermotor Malaysia dan memperjuangkan hak penggunaan selamat di jalan raya.

Pekerja AAM, Mohamad Tajuddin Jailani, 48, berkata tindakan kejam AAM yang tidak membayar gaji kakitangan menyebabkan kehidupan mereka terjejas teruk.

Katanya, ada pekerja yang berdepan dengan kereta ditarik bank, dihalau dari rumah kerana tidak ada wang untuk membayar sewa bulanan.

“Sepanjang empat bulan kami tak dibayar gaji, kami terpaksa guna duit tabung simpanan untuk sara kehidupan keluarga, dan duit itu sudah habis. Kami tidak tahu macam mana nak sara keluarga.

“Ada antara kami kena tarik kereta dan yang sampai kena halau dari rumah sewa pun ada sebab gaji tak dapat dan hendak bayar sewa kereta dan rumah pun tidak boleh.

“Keadaan kami sangat kritikal ketika ini, ada yang bekerja di stesen minyak dan pasar raya besar,” katanya ketika ditemui bersama 100 pekerja lain yang membuat tuntutan di depan pejabat AAM di Shah Alam hari ini.

Turut menyertai perhimpunan itu ialah Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM).



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