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Proton needs to look at breakthrough in international market

National carmaker Proton's market will only "linger" on the domestic front if it continues to depend on government protection to sustain operations, said Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Ir. Hamim Samuri.
He said Proton needs to find ways for its cars to break into the international market in line with the achievements of South Korean and Japanese vehicle manufacturers.
According to Hamim, Malaysians needs to also emulate the patriotism and discipline of the Japanese and South Korean's in supporting their local car industry.
"It is unlike a segment of Malaysians who like to criticise the quality of the national car, including making a big issue of a small shortcoming on the car window," he added.
Hamim was speaking at the closing of the Leadership Programme for Boy Scouts and the Puteri Islam Association organised by SM Agama Lughatul Arabiah, Tangkak, at the Taman Lagenda Gunung Ledang hall in Sagil Sunday.
He said the cost of making a prototype complete with robotics and the latest software will be at RM1.5 million and even before the actual car is produced.
He added that this did not include the cost of the plant to manufacture the car which needed a minimum capital of more than RM100 million.

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