The Terengganu state government is offering taxi drivers who are currently using old Nissans and Toyotas a subsidy of RM10,000 if they want to replace their aging cars with a new Proton Saga or Proton Wira taxi. For taxi drivers that are already using Proton taxis, the government will reimburse up to RM4,000 for refurbishment costs. This is for taxi drivers who have not repainted their vehicles.
Terengganu Rural Development, Entrepreneur and Cooperative Committee chairman Datuk Mohamed Awang Tera said that this subsidy is part of the state’s efforts to reinvigorate the image of Terengganu taxis, but some say that repelling criticism that the Terengganu is not supportive of the national car is part of the reason.
Datuk Mohamed Awang Tera also revealed that a circuit for car and motorcycle races in Mak Lagam Chukai Kemaman is in final stages of construction.