‘PROTON NEEDS EXPERTS TO EXPAND’
Partnership with Geely will improve quality of Proton cars, says activist
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PROTON Holdings Bhd’s deal with China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd is a muchneeded partnership, which will improve the quality of
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