RAWANG: Perodua is in discussions with the government to participate in the realisation of the third national car project.
Perodua president and CEO Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad said Perodua has the capacity to be a possible contract manufacturer for the project.
“Perodua has given a proposal to the government on its vendor system, which could be beneficial to the project,” he said following a signing ceremony between the Malaysia Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii), Perodua, the Perodua Suppliers Association and Perodua Dealers Association earlier today.
International Trade and Industry Senior Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, who was present at the event, said the third national car project is still ongoing.
“Despite having a new government, the project is still on,” he said.
Back in February, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that a prototype for the third national car was ready and that the government was waiting for private investors to invest in the development of the project.
Mahathir said Malaysia was open to working with foreign companies to develop the new national car, adding that Malaysia already had the experience, having developed both Proton and Perodua with Japan previously.
It was previously reported that DreamEdge Sdn Bhd, the anchor company to drive the third national car project, was aiming to unveil its first prototype by March this year.
DreamEdge is an engineering services company catering to various industries such as automotive, rail, electronics, energy, defence, precision equipment and tooling design.
Meanwhile, MARii, Perodua, the Perodua Suppliers Association and Perodua Dealers Association have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate to create new employment opportunities for 1,000 local talents, as well as the re-skilling and re-employment of displaced Malaysian talents due to the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The MoU combines MARii’s talent development expertise and Perodua’s vast value-chain to create new job opportunities within the multitude of areas within the automotive sector.
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