‘PRO­TON NEEDS EX­PERTS TO EX­PAND’

Part­ner­ship with Geely will im­prove qual­ity of Pro­ton cars, says ac­tivist

New Straits Times - - News -

ZAFIRA AN­WAR

AND HANA NAZ HARUN KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

PRO­TON Hold­ings Bhd’s deal with China’s Zhe­jiang Geely Hold­ing Group Co Ltd is a much­needed part­ner­ship, which will im­prove the qual­ity of

Pro­ton cars.

Con­sumer ac­tivist Muham­mad Sha’ani Ab­dul­lah said ex­perts were needed for Pro­ton’s sur­vival, and Malaysians must be ob­jec­tive and prac­ti­cal about the deal.

Sha’ani, who is also Malaysian Dig­i­tal

Econ­omy Con­sumer As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary-gen­eral, said the part­ner­ship with

Geely Hold­ing would im­prove the qual­ity of Pro­ton cars.

“The qual­ity of Pro­ton cars will not im­prove if we con­tinue do­ing what we have been do­ing all this while.

“(The part­ner­ship) is not a wel­fare ac­tiv­ity, but the deal was signed for a com­mer­cial con­cern, and the de­ci­sion, how­ever, dif­fi­cult, has to be done if at all we want to ex­pand the coun­try’s au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try.”

He said other world-lead­ing car­mak­ers had joined forces with Ja­panese and Korean com­pa­nies for sur­vival.

Sha’ani added that the whole ecosys­tem within Pro­ton needed a re­vamp, in­clud­ing chang­ing the cul­ture of its ven­dors and work­ers.

“We have to give Pro­ton a chance... We are not sell­ing the na­tional car brand off to for­eign­ers.

“We have to stop this tidak apa at­ti­tude to im­prove and for Pro­ton to be able to com­pete.”

On Wed­nes­day, the na­tional car­maker’s search for a for­eign strate­gic part­ner ended when Geely Hold­ing signed an agree­ment to ac­quire a 49.9 per cent stake in Pro­ton Hold­ings.

Sec­ond Fi­nance Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Johari Ab­dul Ghani, who wit­nessed the sign­ing, said Pro­ton, owned by DRB-Hi­com Bhd, would re­main the na­tional car­maker and a source of pride as the com­pany would still hold the ma­jor­ity share in Pro­ton at 50.1 per cent.

Muham­mad Sha’ani Ab­dul­lah

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.