THERE is no mention of a flying vehicle in the discussion of the upcoming national car project, says Deputy International Trade and Industry Dr Ong Kian Ming.
He said it was “naughty” of Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-Rembau) to imply that the government was building flying vehicles when he shared a screengrab of a draft document in the review of the National Automotive Policy on Twitter.
“This is part of a presentation which the ministry gave to the automotive industry as part of our stakeholder engagement in the Review of the National Automotive Policy,” Ong told a press conference at the Parliament lobby yesterday.
On Tuesday, Khairy was caught by surprise to find “flying vehicle” listed among the key points of the National Automotive Policy review.
The shadow Finance Minister shared a picture of the report, circling the area of concern with bright purple, on his official Twitter account on Tuesday evening, tagging Dr Ong in a succinct tweet: “Seriously, YB @imokman?”
Dr Ong clarified that the document was only a draft and provided for discussion purposes only.
“In the disclaimer, it clearly stated that the information contained herein is subject to change and does not commit the government of Malaysia,” he said.
He added that in the same consultative document, the discussion on the new national car project also focused on new technologies, including anticipating a Next Generation Vehicle, which will be an energy-efficient vehicle.
“The inclusion of a discussion on flying vehicles is to address the need for standards and regulations should there be a demand for application of such technology by the automotive industry in the future.
“Our ministry is committed to having consultations and discussions with important stakeholders on the review of the National Automotive Policy which will focus on the entire automotive sector, including the supply and value chains,” he said.
“It is unfortunate that the Rembau MP chose to highlight one small reference to a nascent technology for the purpose of standard setting in the discussion document rather than to give attention to a larger challenge at hand, which is how to develop and grow the entire automotive landscape.
“We are always appreciative of any feedback to concrete suggestions from Khairy or anyone from the opposition bench.”