The 2011 Budget will be tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the Dewan Rakyat this Friday (15 Oct). Many of us working in the private sector are hoping to get some share of the goodies, and some might be relieved to hear that the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has been postponed by the Finance Ministry, deferred to “enable the Government to engage inclusively all segments of the people on the imposition of the GST”.
As motorists, we hope for the best, which is usually translated to no increase in costs. The automotive industry has its own wishlist too – for instance, Toyota would not have been able to launch the Prius here with a competitive price if not for the tax breaks for hybrid cars announced in Budget 2009.
BMW Group Malaysia, which has been a leader in introducing the latest in diesel technology in Malaysia despite the unfriendly conditions, is hoping that the Government sees diesel tech as a main component in its green policies. BMW argues that diesel tech will be a good friend to our wallets and the environment, something that this website fully agrees with. And like the rest of us, they’re also hoping that fuel quality is improved, fast.
Geoffrey Briscoe, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia expertly states his views and the 2011 Budget wishlist of his company in a statement you can read after the jump. It’s good stuff and definitely an interesting read.
Statement by Geoffrey Briscoe, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia
For Budget 2011, we at BMW Group Malaysia would like to see that the string of positive steps towards encouraging the uptake of Green Technology, which began with Budget 2010 and further reinforced when the Tenth Malaysia Plan was outlined by the Prime Minister of Malaysia YAB Dato’ Sri Najib Abdul Razak earlier this year, continue to be brought to fruition.
The steps to introduce the mandatory use of bio-diesel by 2011 are for one, the kind of pro-active steps indicative of the government’s sincerity in promoting the use of Green Technology as a serious effort in addressing very real environmental and sustainability concerns. However we hope that the government will continue to utilise its consultative approach with the private sector in implementing such efforts so that vital market concerns, such as ensuring that the fuel specifications in Malaysia are improved to Euro IV standards in 2011 by the very least, are fully taken into account.
The speedy implementation and success of the government’s six national key result areas or NKRA’s are a testament to the things that can be achieved through determined and well considered co-operative efforts, and moving forward we hope that the government will continue to instigate such measures in tackling sensitive but economically vital issues, such as the potential gradual revision of fuel subsidies, inflative control policies such as the AP system within the automotive industry, and more.
More emphasis should also be made to develop Malaysia as a regional hub for Advanced and Environmentally Friendly Automotive Technology as Malaysia has necessary capability and infrastructure to achieve this with Clean Technology alternatives such as Diesel Technology and Hybrid Technology domestically, while spurring greater economic opportunities for the country throughout Asean and beyond.
Whilst the Malaysian budget allocation has provided for special support for emerging Clean and Green Technology such as the Hybrid Technology, we at BMW Group Malaysia feel that such support should also be extended to other forms of Clean and Green Technology such as Diesel Technology.
Through the years there have been many misconceptions about diesel fuel in Malaysia. Often mistaken as the dirtier, cruder and least performance capable option compared to petrol due to its widespread use amongst commercial vehicles, modern diesel engines actually generate 20% more horsepower, 75% more torque and consumes up to 30% less fuel compared to petrol. More significantly however is the fact that diesel engines on average produce 20% less carbon dioxide (CO2) than their equivalent petrol counterparts which significantly reduces the amount of harmful emissions being released into our environment.
For the everyday person, this means that for every six days of travel time to their work place, two days can be considered free of fuel cost as Diesel fuel give vehicle users more distance for their ringgit spent as the price for per litre of Diesel fuel is currently also the lowest in the market. More important than these facts however, is the break the environment is getting when using Diesel fuel.
A study by Vehicle Park SGP has suggested that if 50% of the car population in Malaysia were to utilize Advanced Diesel Technologies, a total of 2.7 billion litres of fuel could be saved annually. With such an amount saved, an advanced diesel vehicle could drive more than 43,000 times around the earth. Even more significantly such amounts of fuel saved would result in the reduction of harmful Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emitted into our environment by 3.98 million tons.
We at BMW Group Malaysia hope that the Malaysian government would consider providing special incentives to promote the import, production and use of Advanced Diesel passenger cars in Malaysia, as such vehicles currently cost the consumer an average of 10-20% more than petrol variants due to higher start-up and vehicle cost, investment risk and so on.
The initial allocation of RM1.5 billion through the Green Technology Financing Scheme earlier this year is a strong indication of the governments’ seriousness in addressing very real environmental and sustainability concerns and should continue to be maintained, if not improved, in the new budget.
Overcoming environmental and sustainability concerns are ambitions which are very much shared by BMW worldwide and is the fundamental reason for the introduction of BMW EfficientDynamics to Malaysia since 2009.
BMW EfficientDynamics is a continuous strategy by BMW on the creation of fuel and emission reduction technologies which at the same time enhances the performance and driving pleasure our vehicles – qualities that are very distinct to the BMW brand.
The concept of Efficient Dynamics has been at the core of the BMW Group for more than a decade and plays a significant role in our long-term strategy for corporate sustenance. Today, it is a standard offering in all BMW cars.