Government to continue supporting national car manufacturers

Goverment aid and support will continue to be given to national car makers Proton and Perodua as they are regarded as national projects which contribute towards the development of the local automotive industry, says International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

He said Proton had sold almost 3.6 million units of vehicles up to September this year, while Perodua sold almost 2.4 million vehicles as at September this year, since the Kancil model was introduced in 1994.

In a written reply to Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut), Mustapa said assistance will also be extended to other qualified companies that manufacture or assemble automobiles, regardless of whether they are national car makers or otherwise.

Lim had asked the minister to provide the sales volume of car models produced by Proton and Perodua and whether the Government should continue to be involved in the two companies.

For Proton, Mustapa said the Iswara model recorded the highest number of sales with 1.139 million units sold since it was introduced to the market in 1985.