Speaking at the 24th International Conference on the Future of Asia this morning, otherwise known as the Nikkei Conference, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad expressed ambitions to start a new “Malaysian” car company.

Believing that Malaysians now have the capacity to completely manufacture a vehicle from scratch, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also claimed that Malaysian car company must be owned by Malaysians – citing that since Proton was sold to a Chinese company, it is no longer a national car brand.


Strong words indeed from the Malaysian premier who defied all odds to establish, grow and object the Proton brand being sold to the Chinese. At the “height” of Proton’s legacy, the brand exported to more than 10 countries including the United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, Thailand, Germany, South Africa, Indonesia, Egypt, Kuwait and Chile, to name a few.

“There is a capacity to produce good quality cars which are saleable across the world market, we want to access the world market,” he said in the YouTube video above from 44:35 to 47:27.

Credit: Bosnan News

Previous articleThe first purely electric Porsche will be named the Porsche Taycan
Next articleVideo: All-new F90 BMW M5 First Drive in Sepang Circuit
Pan Eu Jin
Regularly spend countless hours online looking at cars and parts I can't afford to buy. How a car makes you feel behind the wheel should be more important than the brand it represents - unless resale value is your thing.