Dr Mahathir  merupakan penasihat Proton sehingga 2016 selepas meletak jawatan sebagai perdana menteri pada tahun 2003, berkata beliau sedih apabila firma itu kini terpaksa dijual kepada orang asing.

Rancangan menjual kepentingan dalam syarikat pengeluar kereta nasional, Proton kepada syarikat asing tidak akan memberi manfaat kepada negara, kata bekas Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad di blog beliau.

Portal Malaysiakini melaporkan beberapa firma, terutama Peugeot, PSA Group dan pengeluar kereta dari China, Geely sedang berunding dengan Proton.

Mahathir yang mengasaskan Proton ketika menjadi perdana menteri sehingga penyingkiran beliau sebagai penasihat kepada syarikat itu tahun lepas.

Proton adalah salah satu pelan tunggak Mahathir terhadap perindustrian di Malaysia, dan membantu menjana Malaysia menjadi sebuah negara industri dan maju menjelang 2020.

by Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad

1. I am sad that Proton is to be sold to foreign companies. Having a strategic partner is ok. But once Proton is sold to foreigners it will cease to be a national car. It will just be producing foreign cars in Malaysia. That is something we have been doing since the 1970s.

2. Proton may not be profitable now. But it was very profitable before. Admittedly it was because it was protected. But even after protection ceased it was profitable. All countries protect their automotive industry.

It may not be through high import duties. But there are other ways of preventing imports from challenging locally made cars. These other ways are actually much more effective and can result in excluding foreign-makes completely.

That is why Proton cannot be exported to these countries. We are very generous. Anybody can export their cars to this country. Sub-standard cars too can be imported.

3. I am out of Proton now. Since then I have not been allowed to even meet or speak or phone Proton staff.

4. That is alright.

5. My fear is that if we do not own Proton anymore the Malaysian automotive industry will suffer a great loss.

6. The vendors and suppliers of components will close shop. Lots of workers will lose their jobs. And Malaysia’s engineering capacity will be reduced. It will not be a developed country in 2020 or later. Malaysia will remain a third world developing country.

7. Once upon a time Malaysia was called an Asian Tiger. Today Malaysia is not even a pussycat. We have become one of the ten most corrupt countries in the world.

Syabas! Najib.

*Artikel ini pertama kali disiarkan di blog Dr Mahathir chedet.cc | Foto kredit The Malaysian Insider

Nota editor: Laporan BERNAMA hari ini menteri nafi 51% saham proton akan dijual kepada syarikat asing. [klik sini BACA]

Komen pembaca tulisan Dr Mahathir di atas di blog beliau chedet.cc

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