Naturally, we support Datuk Syed Mohamad Syed Murtaza, DRB-HICOM Berhad Chairman proposal for the government to establish a new Ministry for the Automotive Sector. See below, extract from Business Times dated 31 May 2013. The actual article is available at HERE.
Call for automotive sector ministry
Syed Mohamad said automotive is one of the few industries that can help Malaysia meet its vision to be a developed nation by 2020.
"We have a ministry to take charge of tourism. There is one for education and health," Syed Mohamad, who was former managing director of Armstrong Auto Parts Sdn Bhd and Armstrong Cycle Parts Sdn Bhd said.
"Should we not seriously consider having a ministry of automotive industry?" he asked.
The event was attended by some 150 industry players.
Malaysia's automotive industry began in 1960s, and has been marked as one of the most important industries under the manufacturing sector to spur the economy.
Before foreign cars were first produced locally in the 1960s, they were fully imported (in the form of completely built-up units or CBUs) from other countries.
The domestic industry has since progressed rapidly, with the help of carmakers from Japan and South Korea especially.
Malaysia had the biggest sales volume in Southeast Asia for a few years after the 1997/1998 financial crisis.
It is currently the region's third largest market after Thailand and Indonesia, with sales and production of over 600,000 units each.
In the first four months of the year, the total sales or total industry volume (TIV) grew 13 per cent year-on-year to 210,153 units.
In April alone, the TIV grew by 10 per cent to 52,489 units.
Bermaz Motor Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Ben Yeoh said the government should consider providing more incentives for car firms to bring in energy-efficient technology.
"This is because the technology does not come cheap and the end cost cannot be passed on to consumers.
"The government must ensure that the infrastructure is ready to accept all types of EEVs (energy efficient vehicles), as Malaysia is still seen to be lacking in this area, especially in catering for green diesel vehicles, which are far more efficient than the hybrid models," he added.
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