He’s back! After saying yesterday that the government was mulling technical partnerships for the new national car project (NNCP), entrepreneur development minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof has now responded to criticism regarding the infamous flying car project, which he also announced yesterday. This project, lest you forget, is due to produce a prototype before the year concludes.

In an interview with Sinar Harian, Redzuan said that what critics don’t realise is that the country has expertise in various areas, which he claimed can potentially contribute to national development. “There are a number of critics who have asked silly questions. For example, today, many have asked me, “we have not produced a car, why are you talking about a flying car?”

“We do not realise that our people have plenty of expertise. If we look at today’s global indexes, some of the individuals involved in industries using space-age technologies are young Malaysians. It is not easy to breed the spirit of entrepreneurship in our youth, but plenty of them have expertise that can help.” he said.

Redzuan previously said that the project will draw upon the capabilities of the aerospace, drone, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and automotive sectors. “This year is a realistic target [for the prototype] because we have the technology already. It is all about speed of implementation,” he said.

In the interview, Redzuan also said that there are plenty of Malaysians who have become successful, particularly in designing aircraft interiors. “In Japan, there is a group of Malaysians who produce the designs locally and export them to Japan for use in the construction of aircraft. We don’t know it, but aircraft interiors are designed by Malaysians themselves.”