NAP 2018 Archive

  • NAP review to be announced by year-end will ensure the automotive industry remains competitive – MITI

    The government says it will announce the National Automotive Policy (NAP) review by the end of the year, and the revised policy will ensure that the automotive industry remains competitive whilst benefitting the rakyat, Bernama reports. It will also set out to dismantle monopolies, according to deputy international trade and industry minister Dr Ong Kian Ming.

    “We are reviewing the NAP and we will announce a new, more competitive policy that offers more reasonable prices for vehicles. We are also looking again at the RM10,000 fees that vehicle traders have to pay for every open Approved Permit (AP) import licence,” he told the Dewan Negara.

    Ong was replying to a supplementary question from senator Datuk Chai Kim Sen on the AP fees imposed on vehicle traders, and said that the new policy will place an importance on the revamp of all monopolies in the industry.

    Replying to the original question from Chai, who wanted to know whether the government planned to abolish the AP in fulfilling a Pakatan Harapan promise to reduce vehicle prices, Ong said the government had no plan to abolish the AP as it was not a factor in determining vehicle prices in the market.

    He did however say that aspects of the subject would be looked into, including the exploitation of APs. “We will also adopt several stringent measures to ensure that the AP is not misused,” he said.

  • NAP review set to be completed by year-end – third national car project open to input and ideas, says MITI

    The ministry of international trade and industry (MITI) says it is confident that the review of the National Automotive Policy (NAP) will be completed by the end of the year, The Sun reports.

    According to its deputy minister Dr Ong Kian Ming, the NAP will look at new mobility pathways and trends in driving patterns, and it will also be adjusted with the improvements in public transportation and look at vendor development within the ecosystem.

    The proposed third national car will also be taken into account, and Ong assured that the project mooted by prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad “will not be like Proton.” He said that Mahathir’s concept of the national car project is not about having another Proton.

    “There are many things that can be updated in terms of how we want to make the aspiration of Dr Mahathir to propel the automotive industry into something more sustainable and green. Input from the industry and stakeholders is important to help MITI shape this NAP. We hope the public does not think that Dr Mahathir’s intention is to revive Proton as Proton 2.0. There are many more ideas that he has,” Ong said.

    Ong added that the third national car project – which is set to get underway by 2020, according to entrepreneur development minister Mohd Redzuan Yusof – will be open to all input and ideas of cooperation.

    “Dr Mahathir has spoken on the possibility of having an ASEAN car with cooperation with Indonesia, so there is opportunity to explore with other players, but looking at the angle of how the NAP is going at an international level, moving towards electric cars and energy efficient vehicles (EEV), and the value chain that comes along it, which includes electronics, artificial intelligence, internet of things – that would be part and parcel of the ecosystem,” he explained.

  • NAP 2018 to be unveiled in Q3 this year – to focus on connected mobility, AI and new generation vehicles

    The National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2018 will be unveiled in the third quarter of this year, according to the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI). According to MAI CEO Datuk Madani Sahari, the updated policy will place an emphasis on aligning the local automotive industry with connected mobility, Bernama reports.

    He said the agency, together with the ministry of international trade and industry (MITI), were currently reviewing the policy, which was introduced in 2014. The update will encompass four key pillars, namely connected mobility, Industry 4.0, new generation vehicles and artificial intelligence.

    “We are talking to every original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in the automotive sector to determine when they will be ready to produce connected vehicles. We have asked them what is needed to align their plans (in producing these),” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Malaysia Autoshow 2018, which began yesterday.

    Madani said the NAP 2018, which would run until 2030, will focus on aligning the local automotive industry with connected mobility and put into place measures to assist the OEMs to be ready for this. He added that the critical years will be between 2020 and 2022.

    “Car producers cannot just simply think of manufacturing cars. They must produce cars with a certain level of connectivity, intelligence and ability to communicate,” he explained.

    Madani said that it was important for everyone to understand the technology, not just those in relevant industries but also the public. “Under NAP 2018, we will outline the measures for the car producers, related ministries and agencies. These measures will also make sure that we are ready across the ecosystem, including preparing the society (to accept connected mobility),” he said.

    The connected mobility industry is also expected to create more than one million jobs within a five-year period. Madani said the target was based on a preliminary research on the ecosystem of the industry, which was seen to be growing.

    “Connected mobility is targeted to undergo transformation from a product to a service in the long term, and thus open up business opportunities and occupations for the groups taking this opportunity,” he said.

    He added that national automaker Proton is expected to be at the forefront of connected mobility through its partnership with Geely, which will enable it to have access to the technology needed to support the vision outlined by the NAP.


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