6 ways Malaysia can propel its car industry supply chain.
I’m really very chuffed about the accelerated roll-out of 5G as announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday.
For once, I thought that here is real leadership of a nation in need of a leader. And not just from the point of view of the covid-19 pandemic, but also from the perspective of the economics of development.
Singapore’s most fatal car crash in a decade is the most honest reflection of a national unity compared to Malaysia’s.
That’s the biggest takeaway from the self-inflicted car crash in Singapore last week that killed all five of its occupants.
Considered from almost any logical angle, it was an act not of a sane person. To drive at a speed of more than 200 kph in a built environment of a narrow road meant for 50 kph is like a game of Russian Roulette.
Fuzi Magic is her nickname and this petite lady is unstoppable.
We met at “I Play Park” the MBPJ designated recreational site of Damansara Damai, which is a mixed housing area of about 120,000 residents of which 60 per cent at in the B40 category where the household earns less than rm4,850 a month.
“I don’t do any magic. I believe in God and destiny,” Fuzi Hanim, hurries to add.
Kia car owners in Malaysia will have to wait for another few months until the new importer and distributor is officially appointed by Kia Motor Corporation (KMC) based in South Korea.
“It should be about the 2nd half of the year. We also have to negotiate and operationalise the local assembly of new and current models,” said a senior manager participating in the formation of the new Kia car franchise in Malaysia.
The Hyundai-Kia car brand is one of the stellar performers in the global car industry, in fourth place after Toyota, VW and the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Stay ahead of the curve
The race is on to provide a cheaper and more friendly Covid-19 test kit in Malaysia.
Testing the saliva for the virus that causes Covid-19 should be available within March at an approximate cost of RM40. The result can be obtained within three hours.
In this Pandemic, a car in operation can be a dangerous environment when the air-conditioner is running without any outside ventilation to dilute the viruses, if any.
Imagine, if either the driver or passenger is a spreader of the Covid-19 virus, then either of you are in the perfect Pandemic storm: a confined, air-conditioned environment with a crowd – yes, two people in a car is a crowd.
Unnoticed, super-spreaders of Covid-19 could be on the move, perhaps even to your own home.
How do you protect yourself?
There are police roadblocks mounted on major roads in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur to implement the Movement Control Order.
Can we reduce the fatal attraction between young riders and motorcycles?
Very few challenge the police’s proposal focussing on young and new motorcyclists to reduce the rate of road crash deaths in Malaysia.
It’s logical and now the police should present the data so that the initiative is inclusive of more sectors of society, beyond what the Traffic police presented to the Road Safety Department.
Here’s a happy note to start 2021: Malaysia is the only country in the region to partially waive car taxes to support the industry during the covid-19 pandemic.
Furthermore, the Sales and Service tax (SST) waiver for CKD cars and 50 per cent SST waiver for CBU cars was furthermore extended another six months to 30th June 2021 just two days before the waiver expired on 31st December 2020.
“In this region, we’re the only country where the government gave the SST (sales and service tax) exemption to help the car industry and car buyers,” said a Proton dealer who has a handful of outlets in Johore and Kedah.
What’s the bigger picture of potholes and popular minister Datuk KJ crashing into one and suffering minor injuries?
While feeling sorry for him, his fall has focussed so much attention on one of the leading causes of road deaths.
Now we trust that this event involving the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation can morph into a good outcome: fixing potholes quickly and reducing the toll of motorcyclists in road crashes.