IPOH: The Perak state government gives full support to Proton in its plan to make Tanjung Malim as the regional hub for the car industry.
Perak Investment and Corridor Development Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin said the state government’s involvement could be seen through the approvals of land belonging to the government and its agencies in land expansion in Tanjung Malim to expedite development and meet the national automotive company’s schedule in its overall plan.
“Proton has its own schedule, so the state government makes this as a stimulus for us to fulfil it,” he said to Bernama.
Nizar said with the entry of Geely (Zhejiang Geely Holdings Group), a well-known car manufacturer from China as a strategic partner to Proton, the investor also has strategic vendors and their participation would reduce the price of Proton cars.
This can be done with local companies that produce electronic parts with the assistance of Geely vendors on a joint-venture basis.
He said in October last year, a memorandum of understanding was signed with seven vendors, which make electronic parts and other car components to be brought to Tanjung Malim.
“This means, there’s room for Tanjung Malim to expand further. At the same time, the state government is happy because among the vendors, many of them use raw materials imported from Malaysi. Hence, their presence here will give us the opportunity to maximise (usage) of our raw materials,” he added.
Citing an example, he said the raw materials used to make car mirror lining and other components based on rubber could stimulate the economic growth of the nation through the use of local raw materials.
Besides that, he said, the job opportunities created were not only for those who have been with Proton but it also beckons new opportunities.
“If Proton brings workers from Shah Alam, they are only involved in car manufacturing, but when the vendors come here, their presence will open up job opportunities that will develop immediately,” he explained.
On skilled manpower required for the new operations, Nizar said the Sultan Azlan Shah Polytechnic in Behrang produced sufficient graduates in automotive manufacturing including artificial intelligence field, computer and others. — Bernama