Second international trade and industry minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan is looking to India to strengthen the Malaysia’s automotive industry, according to a report by The Sun Daily.

“This is the latest venture, as for now Proton is on the right track and now we have to go further,” he said, referring to the national carmaker’s partnership with China’s Zhejiang Geely (ZGH).

“We are looking at India’s largest multinational automotive manufacturer Tata Group, which acquired English premier car manufacturers Jaguar and Land Rover. The purchase of the world’s well-known manufacturers will definitely contribute to the country’s automotive industry,” he added.

“We want them set up a plant in Malaysia (Tanjung Malim). Our idea is to create an automative hub. With a population of 1.3 billion, India has vast potential,” he explained. Ong also said Malaysian prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and Perak menteri besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir have expressed their support for the idea.

However, he stressed that attractive incentives must be offered to foreign investors in order to convince them to come to Malaysia. “We will offer the industrial park next to Proton City for them to set up the plant,” he noted.