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Personally, I am disappointed with the recent launching of the National Automotive Policy. The possibility of a cheaper car is as good (or as bad) as the possibility of abolishing the open AP. The copy of the NAP 2014 is available at HERE

1. The NAP 2014 is encouraging the re-badging of national cars instead of building our own with its recognition of PERODUA as a national car. The Intellectual Property Rights for all PERODUA models are not with Malaysian for PERODUA to be called a National Car. 

2. The National Automotive Policy did not provide a clearer framework and a roadmap on the direction the government wants to drive the National Car in term of producing own design, chassis and engine.

3. In the past, the government drove PROTON to invest in technology capable of building its own engine, its own car and to move away from re-badging. For years, the dealers had to sell these vehicles with a very thin margin and the public had to pay more for PROTON cars due to a higher cost of production.

4. Unlike previous NAP, that omitted Perodua as a national car, NAP 2014 expressly stated Perodua as a national car although Perodua is majority foreign-own and only produce re-badging of already established vehicles. 

5. There is no clear guideline to what constitute a National Car and non-national and without it, incentives can be abused. At the moment, the term national car status is subjective, interpreted and understood differently by various parties even by different authorities.

6. Incentives should only be given to a national car to keep price competitive for the public while investments can be made for a truly born Malaysia made vehicles. If that is still the drive. 

7. NAP 2 has failed (a) to increase bumiputra participation in the dealership network as well as (b) preserving specific segment for PROTON market share, which was part of its objectives. (see: NAP2)

8. There is also no report available on the achievements of NAP 2 in its entirety. 

9. Incentive to PROTON is not about protecting PROTON but it should be given as a carrot to acquire future technology for PROTON to produce a reasonable and competitively priced Malaysia made vehicles instead of re-badging.

10. We cannot compare Malaysia to Thailand and Indonesia because our population is only one-third if not less than Thailand and Indonesia car buyer’s population. If we want our national car to succeed, government must provide a more prominent policy.

11. Cheaper cars can be attained either with better economies of scale by preserving certain segment for certain car models that was researched, designed, built and produced in Malaysia or through the re-badging of cars without hefty R&D investment like Perodua. Current policy is encouraging Perodua business model of rebadging.

12. PEDA welcome all effort and policies for cheaper cars but incentives should be given to Manufacturer that produces made in Malaysia vehicles from its own R&D. This is the essence of the establishment of the national car project.

13. PEDA lauded the establishment of Malaysia Automotive Council (MAC) but appeal for the council to includes all in the automotive eco-system such as the Banks, Association of used car, vendors association and association of dealers representatives to be part of the council. This is important to achieve the NAP 2014’s objectives to promote competitive and sustainable domestic automotive industry.

14. PEDA is also disappointed that there was no directive for Malaysia automotive manufacturer/distributor/assembler to conform to the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and elevate our motor vehicle safety standard or the safety during road collision and crashworthiness. 

15. PROTON has conformed and complied with the NCAP but most of other manufacturer as per the list displayed on JPJ Website were given a waiver and exemption and are profiteering from a cheaper cost of production at the cost of public safety. (See: JPJ and refer to my earlier blog at HERE)

16. PEDA disagree to the voluntary inspection for vehicle older than 5 years. No one would want to volunteer and pay extra for an inspection in the light of rising cost of living.  If an inspection is necessary, it should be mandatory. 

17. Perhaps the insurance company or Banks can bear the cost of inspection when car buyers renew its annual insurance policy as part of the insurer’s measure to safe guard its asset. The government can also reduce the insurance policy premium for cars that passed the mandatory inspection.

Further reading (to be updated):

1. The Malaysian Reserves - Peda: NAP policy ‘not clear’ on national car.
2. The Star Online - National Automotive Policy Lacks certain incentives.
3. Paul Tan - NAP 2014: Proton Edar Dealers Association response


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