Those excited by the prospect of the new Suzuki Jimny becoming a reality here might have to wait a bit longer, because Berjaya Corporation has come out to deny that its executive chairman Tan Sri Vincent Tan will fly to Japan early next month to sign a distributorship agreement with Suzuki, The Sun reports.

This follows a news report by the New Straits Times yesterday, which indicated that Berjaya had plans to reintroduce the Suzuki brand in Malaysia, with sources saying that an agreement would be inked with the Japanese automaker next month.

“Berjaya Corp wishes to clarify that this statement is not true at all. The board of directors of Berjaya Corp is also not aware of and has not deliberated on the arrangement,” the company announced via a statement today.

The brand was last represented in Malaysia by Suzuki Malaysia Automobile, with local assembly of the Swift hatchback being carried out by Hicom Automotive Manufacturers in Pekan, Pahang.

In June 2015, Suzuki signed a memorandum of understanding and licence agreement with Proton and DRB-Hicom for the production of motor vehicles. Sales and assembly of Suzuki models in Malaysia were halted under a rationalisation plan, and in January 2016 it was announced that all 29 Suzuki dealerships in the country would be converted to Proton Edar outlets, ending the brand’s official sales presence in the country.

The collaboration was to have allowed Proton access to Suzuki’s models, platforms, powertrain and automotive technology, with the Japanese carmaker providing specific technical assistance for the selected products and scope, but the union resulted only in the Proton Ertiga being introduced for the Malaysian market. The MPV, which is based on the Suzuki Ertiga, was last seen in Ertiga Xtra form.