Ong: Pro­ton plant should be ex­panded and up­graded

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KUALA LUMPUR: Pro­ton Hold­ings Bhd’s plant in Tan­jung Malim, Perak, should be ex­panded and up­graded to com­ple­ment the New City as­pi­ra­tion an­nounced by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak in Bud­get 2018 last week.

Se­cond In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan said the Pro­ton City plant was nec­es­sary to cre­ate more jobs and at­tract more peo­ple, es­pe­cially youths, to mi­grate there.

Un­der the bud­get, Na­jib said the Govern­ment has al­lo­cated RM1­bil for the five main cor­ri­dors, in­clud­ing South 12 Perak re­gion com­pris­ing Pro­ton City, Educity and Youth City in Tan­jung Malim, among oth­ers.

Ong, who is also MP for Tan­jung Malim, said that the Youth City plan would be put un­der the Na­tional Blue Ocean Strat­egy, where the Govern­ment was look­ing for strate­gic lo­ca­tions nearer to the Klang Val­ley to build af­ford­able hous­ing projects in the area for the youths.

“In the meet­ing with Na­jib, I said that we need to cre­ate more job op­por­tu­ni­ties in Tan­jung Malim so the peo­ple would mi­grate and buy a house there.

“If there are no jobs, there is no use for us to build houses there.

“Also, we need to im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity, be­tween Tan­jung Malim and Klang Val­ley, such as train or oth­ers, which would en­cour­age peo­ple work­ing in Klang Val­ley to pur­chase houses here,” he told re­porters af­ter de­liv­er­ing his speech at the Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence CEO Fo­rum 2017 here yes­ter­day.

Ong said Pro­ton cur­rently has two plants, in Shah Alam and Tan­jung Malim, where work­ers in Tan­jung Malim plant were cur­rently at about 1,400.

“Now we have a big­ger plan (for Pro­ton), with Pro­ton is cur­rently in part­ner­ship with Geely, where we are plan­ning to build a plant that could pro­duce around 400,000 cars an­nu­ally in the next five years, of which half of the out­put will be ex­ported to the Asean mar­ket,” he said. He said Pro­ton was cur­rently send­ing its en­gi­neers and tech­ni­cians to China to un­dergo the Geely’s re­search and de­vel­op­ment (R&D) pro­gramme, which Pro­ton ben­e­fited from the part­ner­ship of both en­ti­ties.

He said the R&D pro­gramme would al­low Pro­ton to in­crease its car’s qual­ity and tech­nol­ogy to meet the Asean stan­dard, in­clud­ing elec­tric and hy­brid ve­hi­cles, among oth­ers.

For the Educity, he said, the Univer­siti Pen­didikan Sul­tan Idris would be tasked to train the teach­ers, in­clud­ing the spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teach­ers, which would for the stu­dent with needs of spe­cial at­ten­tions.

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