PENTADBIRAN KUKU BESI
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad among others wrote these,
I'm not very sure if Dr Mahathir is really accurate on this one.
Okay, maybe it's true that Najib couldn't care less about Proton as it is a Dr Mahathir's baby, but I highly doubt it that he wanted to kill off the company just out of spite.
There are tens of thousands who depend on Proton for livelihood and I don't think Najib is that stupid to incur their wrath with the general election not that far from now.
There should be a more rationale reason for the whole thing.
As we all know, Proton is undoubtedly bleeding and the government has to help it financially to survive.
I don't think this is what we want of Proton.
We want the national car maker that we are proud of to do well.
So, I was not overly distressed when I read this story last month,
I think that's to accommodate a potential foreign partner to come in and help Proton.
That's what the government wants as it can't go on helping Proton.
At least that's how I understand it.
Of course the potential foreign partner will want some control over Proton to make things work, thus that 51 per cent stake.
I don't see anything wrong with that.
It's better that way than letting Proton suffer the way it is now.
I think a reliable foreign partner will do good for the company, particularly in correcting the bad practices currently plaguing the company which brought down the Proton badge in the eyes of even Malaysians.
For example, a foreign partner with controlling power can get rid of vendors who supply substandard parts for the Proton cars.
I was made to understand that many of these vendors got their work with Proton via political connections and no matter how bad they performed in supplying parts for the cars, they were always retained.
Proton people can't get rid of them because they would pull their "cables" to stay on the job.
That's how Proton cars became famous for their faulty power windows, cheap plastic interior, making funny noises just weeks after purchase, etc.
When my father bought his Preve, the GPS unit which came with it was almost useless. I borrowed the car to go to Teluk Intan during the by-election there and the GPS map only showed half of the town.
I conclude that the vendor who supplied the GPS system must be one of those who got the contract by pulling their political cables.
Now, a foreign partner with controlling stake can kick out such useless vendors as they would not be subjected to external pressure from any local politician.
They wouldn't care less if some division chiefs complain to Najib that their proxy companies acting as Proton vendors got their contract terminated.
They will just want to get the cars made the best way possible and that definitely can do without bad vendors.
I was made to understand that potential foreign partners approached by Proton want exactly that.
The Japanese ones in particular.
They will not want to come in if they can't control the quality of the cars.
I think it's for the best.
And I trust the Japanese more than the French and Chinese, who were said to be the other potential partners.
French - remember the terrible Tiara model which was done with Citreon.
Chinese - Chinese cars good meh?
And I think even Dr Mahathir will not be too angry if Proton is being controlled to a certain extent by the Japanese.
After all, he always wants us Malaysians to be ethical and disciplined like the Japanese.
Really, it is better that way then letting Proton to continue dying an agonising death.
This is something we have to be rationale about.
Hopefully, one of Dr Mahathir's more sincere advisors can coax him to accept the reality about Proton.
That way, the handsome old man may not be too stressed by the whole thing.
Come on guys, he's 91, okay.
Well, at least that's how I see it.