Mahathir indicates possibility of a Malaysia-Indonesia car


June 29, 2018

COMMENT: This is going to be the shortest comment I intend to make. Stop wasting public funds by going into another car project. We have invested and lost millions of money on Proton. But you are free, Dr. Mahathir to put your own money in your proposed joint Indonesia-Malaysia car for the ASEAN market.–Din Merican

Mahathir indicates possibility of a Malaysia-Indonesia car

by Bernama

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Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad Friday spoke of the possibility of reviving the proposed project of a Malaysia-Indonesia car for the Asean market.

He said the idea was brought up when he test drove a Proton car in Malaysia in February 2015 with visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo sitting beside him.

“I was no longer the prime minister then,” he said.

Mahathir was the prime minister from 1981 to 2003 and became the premier for the second time on May 10, 2018.

“I drove the car at a speed of 180 km per hour on the Sepang race circuit. The President (Joko Widodo) did not complain at all (when the car was driven at that speed),” Mahathir said at the joint press conference with Jokowi, as the Indonesian President is fondly called, in conjunction with his official visit to Indonesia.

Jokowi had recalled the test drive when he spoke earlier at the press conference and said he had no cause for worry because the person behind the wheel was Mahathir.

“I was not afraid because the driver was Mahathir,” he said.

— Bernama

8 thoughts on “Mahathir indicates possibility of a Malaysia-Indonesia car

  1. According to our Minister of Finance, the proposed car venture will not involve any public funds…
    ________________
    Let us hope so, Isa Manteqi. I have heard that before. DRB-Hicom and others.–Din Merican

  2. dont judge the book by the cover…..

    On Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 5:12 PM, Din Merican: the Malaysian DJ Blogger wrote:

    > dinobeano posted: “June 29, 2018 COMMENT: This is going to be the shortest > comment I intend to make. Stop wasting public funds by going into another > car project. We have invested and lost millions of money on Proton. But you > are free, Dr. Mahathir to put your own money in y” >

  3. Forget it .
    Don’t waste time and the Rakyat’ s hard- earned money, (again? )
    Or
    is this a delusional distraction for turning away from the urgent reform priority of the delivery and political system of our country?

    Our full cabinet is yet to be formed. It is already 50 days after 14 Ge.

    Even Asean countries have the numbers, but not the intense capital to endure the exceptional long gestation period for the return of profits .
    Without easy availability of the technology/innovative skills, it is impossible to compete in the over- crowded market and car-making industries.

    Besides, it is not going to create much jobs, because they are or will be replaced by robots.

  4. Yes, Dato Din…we have indeed heard such stuff before…but now, hopefully there will be one big difference… hitherto, ordinary Malaysians had practically no voice to question promises made by officials…but since we have elected a government that promises to be truthful and transparent, we will be able to hold officials to account in case promises are not kept… excellent theory…let’s see if it works…

  5. I don’t think it is such a bad idea, as long as it is not always Melayu first.
    But, do something concrete, like at least putting out the Cobbald and Reid Commission formally.

    Instead of cars, try buses, drones, motorbikes, and personal transport.
    The later two can quickly build up an ecosystem.
    Pockets of ASEAN nations could skip a generation of cars without losing much. Houses that could withstand Monsoon, and harsher environment are all wonderful for some sovereign wealth investment.

    Old cities like Penang/Malacca could definitely do well with less cars.
    Cities with more development room for communal living in East Malaysia should definitely has an ideal of doing away a need for personal cars. Long houses is ready for an upgrade to 22nd century with an entirely different set of technologies that don’t need cars.
    A new set of ‘kedai’ runcit is very much a reality that is worth new investment.

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