On 7th January 2019, the Entrepreneur Development Ministry approved the funding of close to RM20 million to kickstart the development of a prototype for the new national car project.
The funds would be channelled from several existing grants, as Malaysiakini reports.
Minister Mohd Redzuan Yusof stated that while he will not develop the project, he wants to create an environment that encourages companies to step in and take the lead.
You can count on opposition MP Khairy Jamaluddin to call out this mess. Check out his viral tweet below:
In it, he writes,
“Questions for the government:
How much more of the people’s money will be used for the third national car?
Which company will be receiving that money?
What are the business plans for the third national car?
What implications will the third national car have on the price of imported cars?”
Alongside that, he included screenshots of Lim Guan Eng’s statements. Your boy knows how to keep receipts!
Yes but no but yes but no but yes. pic.twitter.com/hOGV1laP4l
— Khairy Jamaluddin (@Khairykj) January 7, 2019
Earlier, Minister of Economic Affairs Mohammad Azmin Ali tweeted something more inexplicable.
Kah kah kah.
— Mohamed Azmin Ali (@AzminAli) January 7, 2019
But of course, nothing slips past KJ!
Khairy Jamaluddin has been a vocal critic of the car project in the past, voicing concerns over how it would burden the public similarly to how massive amounts of government funds were spent on Proton.
Public opinion on the new national car project is deeply divided according to research done by YouGov.
Even with criticism coming from all sides, nothing seems to be able to thwart Dr Mahathir’s dream of having another national car company.