19 August 2018

Proceed with HSR and MRT 3 instead of new national car, says Najib

Proceed with HSR and MRT 3 instead of new national car, says Najib
KUALA LUMPUR: With Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad having announced the possibility of a new national car project for Malaysia, his predecessor Datuk Seri Najib Razak has weighed in on the matter.

Taking to his Facebook page, Najib said the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government should proceed with public transportation projects such as the Kuala Lumpur - Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) and MRT 3 projects instead of wanting to start another national car company.

The government also should not reimplement protectionist measures that will only burden the people with higher car prices and financing costs.

"During my time as Prime Minister, I had made it a priority to gradually reduce car prices by a gradual reduction in taxes and by introducing incentives while expanding public transportation projects," Najib said.

He remarked that as a result of these, car prices presently cost less than when he first became prime minister.

Usage of public transportation has also surged, he said.

"In the long-run, such measures to correct a legacy problem of the past will benefit the people to the tune of hundreds of billions of Ringgit while providing a more efficient, more cost effective, less congested and less polluting transportation options.

"Do not cancel such public transportation projects just because I started them and reverting to projects merely based on pride that will cause greater harm to the Rakyat," he added.

Speaking at the 24th Nikkei Conference in Japan, Dr Mahathir had said that Proton is no longer a Malaysian national car because a substantial stake in the company is now owned by China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.

"Our ambition is to start another national car, perhaps in partnership with other countries in the region," he had said during a dialogue session at the conference.


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