Read : Govt mulls Benz, BMWs as Proton delays new Perdana
If we change to Mercedes and BMWs now, the Government will be using the cars for a long time and most probably even after the new Proton Perdana is launched.
I am quite sure that if we change to Mercedes and two years down the road the new Perdana is launched, it will be quite a financial burden to switch back to Proton.
Excuses will be in place then and Proton's support from the Federal Government will soon be eroded. Proton has already lost the support of a few State Governments :
- Pulau Pinang
- Sarawak (anyone wants to update me of the list?)
Imagine a country that pays approximately RM 100-200 million in R&D fundings to their national carmaker but the Government leaders do not use the cars during their official duties.
How can we showcase to the world that we truly believe in making world class cars and we are proud of our own Malaysian Made cars that are built up by the hands of Malaysians ?
The Government must remember that the rakyat wants Ministers and leaders to experience the life of the rakyat.
That is why we ask the Prime Minister, the Transport Minister, and the Works Minister to use our roads, our cars and our public transport.
This will ensure that the leaders know the people's daily life, welfare, needs, and expectations so that they can serve the rakyat better.
The same goes for Proton cars. There are grouses among the people about our National Automotive Policy and the quality of Proton cars.
If you think the cars are not good enough, tell the engineers to make it better. If you think the cars are not fast enough, tell them to make it faster. If you think the cars are not comfortable enough, tell them to make it comfortable.
A reprimand from the Government of Malaysia will have considerably strong effects on the engineers and management of Proton to make them move from their lazy couches back to the drawing boards.
If the Prime Minister and Ministers of Malaysia do not provide sound criticism (for improvement) or give encouragement to our national carmaker by using the Proton cars, I see no reason how Proton can continue to be a national project and one which we can be proud of.
There are many polls around in blogs and the online media that cover many issues like the Barisan Nasional coalition, Pakatan Rakyat problems, education, scandals etc.
I do not see why Proton cannot do a poll for the people to choose their favourite car by design and quality. Let the statistics provide feedback to Proton and allow the engineers to develop a "People's Car" concept.
Toyota engineers continue to develop their specific lines such as Camry and Vios. These cars do not retire and continue to be developed, modified and improved - unlike the strategy of Proton.
Proton Wira and Proton Waja are two good cars but if I'm not mistaken, these two well loved cars have been retired and replaced as well.
Proton Perdana is no longer in the line of production and one wonders why Proton has not developed or launched new versions of their most expensive range (Perdana) at all over the years except perhaps upgrading the engines and modifying the lights.
Of the many panels and taskforces set up, Proton ought to have one soon.
(I stand corrected)