Nor Mohamed Yakcop said, getting rid of taxes for cars would reduce national revenue by RM7 billion which could affect infrastructural development, especially in Sabah and Sarawak, and in the interior of the peninsula. The nation will experience economic instability and many will go bankrupt if the price and excise duty of vehicles are reduced.
I hope Nor Mohamed Yakcop is reading the right economics manuscript. As an economic advisor to the government, Nor should acknowledge the burden of private vehicle price and excise duty on consumers.
Years of supporting the national car policy has been futile so far. Apart from creating unnecessary burden to the people and crippling the public transport system through deliberate neglect, there's little benefit to the local automotive industry.
Proton was given the opportunity to become a respectable regional player but it is finding itself increasing difficult to even survive locally.
We have to ask the government when it intends to review the national car policy or scrap it entirely? Like the NEP, should the government continue to subsidize and protect the local producer? It is long overdue that the national car producer should be asked to stand on its own feet. Being competitive and innovative is the only way for Proton to survive and thrive, not through continuous protection.
It is time for the government to stop being penny wise but pound foolish. Half of our petrol subsidy goes to private vehicles.
According to a report, Malaysia's huge fuel subsidy bill, estimated at RM20 billion last year, is overdue for an overhaul. While reforms are imminent, few expect any of it can happen until the general election (GE) is over.