KUALA LUMPUR — July 16, 2018: The latest blog post by Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is full of sarcasm over the negative reactions to his idea of having another national car project.
He wrote about being told that no one wanted to see another such project because the first one — Proton — was seen to be a failure.
Mahathir lamented that Malaysians were more prepared to buy imported cars from the likes of Germany, Japan and China but not the country’s own product.
One sarcastic remark was that “we are not qualified nor capable of having an automotive industry”.
He however clarified that the proposal would not involve the government because the private sector is now capable of designing and making test models, apart from produce cars on a large scale.
He also recalled the days he claimed Japanese cars were made from Milo tins but from there they produced better models which Malaysians are now owning and using.
“Certainly this will not happen with Malaysia. Our car will always be made from Milo tins forever,” he commented.
“But because early on we have rejected the idea of a second national car, then we will oppose all proposals to produce cars by the private sector. Certainly, the government will not have a government-owned automotive industry,” said the prime minister.
He further moaned that the country’s market is full of imported cars, both of quality and the Milo tin type.
“Produced by giant companies, they monopolise Malaysia’s car market so much so that it buried Proton.
“In the end, Proton was sold to foreigners. There is no more national car, no more automotive industry. Workers, engineers, managers are also out of jobs. Everything drops.
“Malaysia becomes a consumer country, padi farming country, fishing. It’s alright. This is what we want and this is what we get. Just forget about Vision 2020.”