Proton-VW Negotiation: Najib throws a spanner

It is very wrong for Najib to openly declare that the Government would not give up its controlling stakes in Proton. As the No.2 in the country, he should know that this country cannot afford to shoulder the huge burden anymore longer and the need for Proton to team up with a world-class carmaker like VW, even if it means to allow the giant to control and lead the ailing national carmaker. We cannot afford the financial bleeding any longer. We need a reputable carmaker to help turning Proton around.That’s the way to go if we are serious about the long-term survival and healthy growth for Proton. Najib must have the interest of all workers and engineers serving the national car project all these years. All of them will lose their jobs and livelihood if Proton goes bust ( losses in 2006 alone was RM591 million).

Talks to find Proton partner going well

Jun 21, 07 10:26am Malaysiakini
Talks to find a foreign partner for ailing national carmaker Proton are going well, state media quoted Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as saying on Wednesday.“For now, the talks are proceeding smoothly and there seem to be no obstacles in the way,” Bernama news agency quoted him as saying in a written reply to an opposition member of parliament.

Officials said Sunday that Proton and German auto giant Volkswagen AG were cautiously edging towards a partnership after a second round of talks in Thailand, following initial negotiations in New York earlier this month.

“Negotiations between Proton and Volkswagen are ongoing,” said Ahmad Shahizam, spokesperson with the government’s investment arm, Khazanah Nasional. He declined to elaborate further.

Khazanah Nasional is the controlling shareholder in Proton, with a 42.74 percent stake. State pension fund EPF and national oil firm Petronas own 12.07 percent and 8.84 percent respectively.

The remaining 36.35 percent is held by a mix of local and foreign companies.

Commercially viable

Another official familiar with the talks said negotiations were centred on “working out a solution to allow Proton to have a strong foreign partner.”

“The government is open to all positions. The idea is to make Proton a commercially viable company,” the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“I suppose there will be several more rounds of discussions between the two parties. There is momentum set in place to form a partnership,” the official added.

Asked if Volkswagen would be allowed to hold a majority stake in Proton, the official said: “That could happen. Nothing should be ruled out. Volkswagen could have a majority stake in Proton.”

In the past, analysts have partly attributed difficulties in forging partnerships to the government’s reluctance to cede control of a key national company to foreign hands.

Malaysia’s government is under intense pressure to announce details of a partnership for Proton in a bid to provide it with expertise to stem a sharp decline in market share and cut financial losses.

Proton last year lost its status as Malaysia’s biggest-selling automaker to homegrown rival Perodua, and recently reported larger than expected net losses of 591.36 million ringgit (174 million dollars) for the year to March 2007.

– AFP

2 Responses to “Proton-VW Negotiation: Najib throws a spanner”

  1. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

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    郑名烈

    07年6月20日 傍晚7:15 Malaysiakini

    郑名烈
    麻坡人,台湾国立成功大学企管系毕业,目前在某国企业担任专案规划管理工作。电邮:teeaddy@yahoo.com.sg

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    做为消费者与国家的一份子,买不买国产车与爱不爱国与无关紧要。我们的社会给了普腾二十二年的时间,牺牲了几近一代人民的购车利益,今时今日大多数人民其实不会再理会普腾何去何从。反之,大家关心的是何时能够买到价廉物美、品质与性能比现有国产车更有保障的车子。

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    国外集团入主可减轻财政负担

    目前的雷诺-日产、丰田、富士威根、通用、克赖斯勒及福特这世界六大汽车集团共占有全世界百份之八十四的汽车市场。普腾若能与其中一家进行策略联盟,长远而言有助于提升普腾的竞争力与开拓国外市场。

    在WTO、东协自由贸易协议降低汽车关税的大限迫近之下,政府想继续应用权力在政策规划上持续为普腾护航的压力日渐增加。如今有国外大集团愿意入主普腾,在垂死挣扎的关头拉她一把,对普腾未来经营有正面的助益,也可减轻政府的财政负担。

    22年时间已经证明能力有限

    二十二年的时间已证明自己经营能力有限,勇敢面对问题,找寻对的解决方案、避免任何政治干预,让专业经营能力较强者来主导普腾的改革计划,才能快速渡过阵痛期,重新站稳脚步浴火重生。

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