KUALA LUMPUR: Khairy Jamaluddin (pic) had the Dewan Rakyat in stitches when he said he was glad to have lived to see his dream of "flying cars".
Khairy (BN-Rembau), said when Vision 2020 was introduced, he was only 15 years old and imagined there would be flying cars by then.
"I would like to congratulate the Minister, at least the dream to see flying cars will not be delayed until the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 (SPV 2030).
"My question is, the ministry stated that such project will be spurred by the private sector without the involvement of government finances, as it will only act as a facilitator. What are the initiatives to be the facilitator for the industry?
"I would also like to know what are the long-term plans to develop the industry so Malaysia will have a competitive advantage in the air mobility industry.
"Most importantly, what is the specific date for Malaysians to see our Minister fly on a flying vehicle," he asked Enterpreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof during Question Time in the Dewan Rakyat.
In response, Redzuan said that such efforts would be continuous, in line with the latest technology and innovation around the world.
"Whatever efforts made will be made to ensure it will go smoothly and to ensure that one day, insyallah, I will be able to fly in a flying vehicle.
"This will also bring a spin-off effect in terms of business development itself," said Mohd Redzuan, who is popularly known as Pak Wan.
He added there were already initial discussions among the local players in the private sector with high technology providers to pave way for travellers "to travel to Penang within an hour".
"I am not saying that it will immediately happen, but there are discussions to ensure such matter could be realised by the year 2020," added Mohd Redzuan.
To the initial question, he said that the development of the prototype for the air mobility vehicle submitted to the Ministry, were currently being developed and expected to be launched by the end of 2019.
"The National Development Council on December 2018, identified Cyberjaya as the test-bed platform for such technology including autonomous, drone and air mobility. The testbed platform is to allow a conducive ecosystem for the development of air mobility industry in Malaysia," he said.
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