Malaysian prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak gave his assurance that the (current) government will continue assisting in Proton’s recovery and improvement. This is to ensure the national carmaker can build up its presence in the international arena.

In an article by Berita Harian, Najib said the government has already studied Proton’s history without prejudice, realising the problems that afflicted the carmaker was due to an economic model that focuses on patriotism rather than global ambitions.

“There has been too much political interference in Proton’s administration. We will not allow Proton to sink, not allow it to fade away. Proton requires the government’s support in its recovery and my administration will restore Proton,” said Najib.

“Therefore, if people say we are not assisting Proton, it is a lie. We provided loans, we provided capital injections, we provided incentives, but we also made it mandatory that if Proton were to advance, it required a strategic partner.”

It didn’t matter who it was, we didn’t direct Proton to choose partner from any particular country or company. We left the decision to Proton and DRB-Hicom, which eventually lead to the selection of Geely,” he added. Najib made these comments at the launch of the National Automotive Cluster at Proton City in Tanjung Malim.