They have failed miserably in incorporating the most expensive trait in the world - nationalism .
This particular 'gene' did not appear strong enough in Malaysian . In other words , it is a dominated gene , not a dominating one .
Proton's birth on 7th May 1983 was a marvel to Malaysia . At that point of time , Malaysia was at a tender age of 26 years with about 3 months to go . Many belittled Proton but it ended up successful and shocked the pessimists of the country's ability and visions .
The 'gag' on a large population of Malaysians' criticisms and sceptical views of Proton was mere temporary . Proton had a rocky ride all the way till today , accepting dirty slings and shots from the general public and international viewers .
The age of Proton today ? 23 years .
The age of Toyota today ? 73 years .
The age of Ford today ? 103 years .
The last figure '3' is just a mere coincidence by the way . But the truth does not lie on the figures .
We all know how loyal Japanese are . At times , we think they are an extreme civilization that places their country above their own lives . Or should I say placed and still place ?
Take a look down the history of Japanese . Due to war and the style of governance in Japan during the Ages of Dynasties , Japanese are a population of nationalists . Their love for their country , if measurable , can sink or even bury the whole South East Asians' with lots to spare .
From this factor , I would like to link it back to the automobile industry .
One reason why Japanese carmakers are so successful today was because of substantial and solid support initially .
'Japanese babies' that were learning to walk had support from their countrymen . That factor contributed to a tremendous flourishing automobile industry in Japan that soon expanded overseas . And today ? They are giants in the automobile industry , statistically surpassing many top companies in the world , if not ranked the best .
The Japanese since ages ago till today are well known to be nationalists and they have a huge chunk of patriotism running in their blood . Because of that , many Japanese people are successful in developing their industries and corporations . Undeniably , the automobile industry was one of the main benefactors of the 'Japanese nationalism gene' .
Proton ? People are critical . And just critical . People ? What people ? Malaysians to be exact . We go around critisizing Proton and comparing Proton with many other companies in the world like Mercedes , Toyota , Ford .
But again , look at some facts . The most glaring one would be their ages .
Do you expect a high school kid to be comparable with a Postgraduate student in University of London ?
Do you honestly expect that ?
The same lies with Proton . Give it some time . But you keep arguing . Give it some support . But you keep critisizing .
A baby born in Malaysia is fast dying . It is on the fast track in search of Death .
Why ? All because of nationalism genes . We are having a lack of this particular gene . And this gene's abscence are causing us to bleed in shame and might die a shameful death soon in the name of Proton .
Why ? It is because we do not give Proton a chance . Imagine that the high school kid was knocked down .
What would be the case ? Well , we would prefer to let a high school kid die without medical support and let the university lecturer continue feeding us with information , knowledge .
Why ? Why the poor kid must be sacrificed ? Because the cost of bringing the high school kid up is too high ?
Yes . The high school kid requires extremely high expenses with tuition fees and consumption expenses daily . And he doesn't earn any revenue . Thus he is in the red in accounting terms .
Yes . The university lecturer is earning money , his accounts are in the black , and he is contributing to the society . Perfect .
But then again , are we to kill of that high school kid ?
Many will say "No , we won't . It is not the same as letting Proton shut down and praise the heroes of Toyota and BMW . IT IS NOT THE SAME !!!" .
Does that high school kid sound like Proton ? The university lecturer can be any of those car companies you compare with - Toyota , Honda etc .
We are indeed no different .
Simply because we were born without the nationalism genes .
Congratulations . That is all for today's class on The Malaysian Failure Code .
By now , we will all be clearer with the analogy drawn and the Code on Proton interpreted .