LAST_UPDATESat, 23 Jun 2018 9pm

NAP2018 Will Soar Malaysia To Greater Economic Heights

The National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2018 will drive the country’s economy, especially within the automotive industry, to greater heights with advancements in connected mobility and public transportation, according to caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“The 2014 NAP was an important milestone for the government, as we succeeded in opening automotive market in the country.

“In 2017, more than half of new cars sold were Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEV), and when it is combined with the completion of MRT, LRT, HSR and ECRL and improved highways, it will be part of a more sustainable transportation system,” he said during a speech at the launch of the Malaysia Autoshow 2018 today, which is held from today to April 29.

In ensuring the continuity of the policy’s implementation for future generations, Najib said the government will be guided under the TN50 vision and under the Barisan Nasional (BN) manifesto, he pledged to improve the public transport infrastructure by completing high-speed rail projects and better highways.

The government is also aiming to create high demand products in the automotive industry to boost our country’s economy, following in the footsteps of developed countries such as the United States, Japan, Germany and South Korea.

“The formation of a policy for the automotive industry must be in line with the future global trends to support the needs of the industry,” he added.

Advancements in the automotive industry have created a connected mobility ecosystem, and Najib hopes the industry will have the potential to create more than one million new jobs.

“From early research by Malaysian Automotive Institute (MAI) into the connected mobility industry, it will create more than one million new career opportunities and even complement developments in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“The industry will also provide opportunities for more than 480,000 TVET graduates and 300,000 university graduates, while the City-Interoperability System initiative will open up opportunities for 300,000 Malaysians within the middle-income group to find flexi-hour jobs,” he said.

MAI and Ministry of International Trade (MITI) have already began revising the previous automotive policy for NAP 2018, which encompasses four key pillars, namely new generation vehicles, mobility, the Industry 4.0 Revolution and artificial intelligence.

“God willing, the government will be given the mandate to continue implementing this policy. I am confident the NAP 2018 will bring the country into a connected mobility future and becoming an engine for the Malaysian economy to reach greater heights.

“Co-operation between government agencies, automotive industry, the youth and many others are very important in improving the competitiveness of our automotive industry.

“We can all imagine that one day we can enjoy an updated and integrated transportation system,” he concluded.

It is evident that BN, under the leadership of Najib, has laid a clear and realistic framework to improve the country’s economy by transforming and unlocking the potential of the automotive industry, simultaneously creating employment opportunities, unlike Pakatan Harapan’s populist manifesto which provides vague promises and unclear policies for the country’s future.


-- mD