The government’s flip-flop policies continue with the recent announcement that it would not go ahead with the abolishment of APs by 2010, instead giving the notorious AP system an extended lifetime that will last the next 10 to 11 years at least.

“A decision has been made and we are not changing it. We are keeping the AP system to prepare present traders for a time when there were no more APs, so that they would be able to stand on their own without relying on APs anymore,” explained Minister of International Trade and Industry Muhyiddin Yassin.

He added that MITI would be hiring consultants to evaluate the performance of AP holders over the past 20 years, but from the way he said it, it seems that it is purely for the government’s knowledge on whether “the companies have achieved good results more than just selling and producing vehicles.” There is no mention of punishment for AP holders who become nothing more than middle-men, flogging them off for obscene amounts of cash.

But when the 10 to 11 year period ends, the minister mentioned anyone will be able to bring in any car they want. Of course, the value of his assurance is pretty much next to nothing in these flip flop times.