“I feel that Proton’s role should be made like that of Astra in Indonesia, which is an assembler only for Toyota, Daihatsu and Isuzu vehicles and they have a huge market just as an assembler alone. There is no need for two companies to produce the national cars as we do not know if the negotiation (Proton) with Volkswagen will resolve the problem,” said Senator Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi at the Dewan Negara today.

He suggested that Proton should be turned into a contract assembler to assemble cars by other manufacturers who want to establish CKD assembly lines here in Malaysia. Recent cars that have started CKD assembly in Malaysia include the Suzuki Swift and Kia Sportage, while car companies like Chinese marque Chery have been trying to establish local assembly here in Malaysia for it’s cars.

He thinks Perodua should remain the sole producer of national cars as they have shown more success in selling cars compared to Proton.