Aug 18, 2010

To stay is a high achievement, says Tun Mahathir of Proton

SHAH ALAM, Aug 17 – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that for Proton to stay in the market and celebrate its Silver Jubilee this year is in itself a high achievement.

“This is because we find big automobile companies like General Motors, Chrsyler and others all have been forced to rely on assistance,” said the former prime minister at the breaking of fast hosted by the national carmaker here tonight.

Proton, he said, still does not need help yet as it has been able to expand its market and products, and this is a proud achievement.

Dr Mahathir who is Proton adviser said that although the company no longer commands top placing in the country’s car market, it has performed better.

Proton’s profit in the first quarter of this year showed an increase compared with the first quarter of last year, he said.

This is a result of efforts by the dedicated managers, engineers and employees to produce cars acceptable to the market.

“We no longer hear defects in Proton cars like its windows failing to close properly,” he said

Now, everywhere we see the new Proton Saga has been well accepted by the people, he added.

Therefore, he said, Proton needs to double its efforts to churn out new high-tech models using hybrid or electric engines.

“We have yet to market these cars. I’m sure when it goes to the market, it will receive good response from the people,” he said. – Bernama

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