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DAP wants emergency Parliament debate on the Proton crisis and the test of will between Mahaleel-Mahathir and Rafidah-Proton Board
Media Conference Statement
(Parliament, Wednesday): I have this morning given notice to the Parliament Speaker, Tan Sri Ramli Ngah, to move a motion of urgent definite public importance in Parliament tomorrow on the Proton crisis and the test of will between the Proton CEO Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Ariff and the Proton Adviser Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed on the one hand and the Minister for International Trade and Industry, Datuk Paduka Rafidah Aziz and the Proton Board on the other.
My notice to move an emergency motion submitted to the Speaker this morning reads:
“That under SO 18 the House gives leave to the Ketua Pembangkang and MP for Ipoh Timor YB Lim Kit Siang to move a motion of urgent definite public importance, viz the serious allegations by Proton CEO Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Ariff who has been backed by Proton Adviser Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed that government policies are hurting the national car firm.
“On 27th June 2005, the Proton CEO in an interview with Oriental Daily, lamented that Proton, a Government-linked company (GLC), was being treated unfairly under a government policy that was not transparent and discriminatory with Proton unable to figure who its enemies are.
“”On 28th June 2005, the Minister for International Trade and Industry Datuk Paduka Rafidah Aziz said that Proton’s own ‘shortcomings’ were responsible for its decline in market share.
“On 29th June 2005, Proton Board of Directors held an emergency meeting and asked its CEO to explain his Oriental Daily interview in questioning the government’s automotive policy.
“On Tuesday, 5th July 2005, Tun Dr. Mahathir came out in full defence of Tengku Mahaleel Ariff and elaborated on the government policies which hurt the national car firm, viz:
“Parliament must urgently debate the latest crisis in the 20-year-old Proton, not just on who is right or wrong, Mahaleel and Mahathir or Rafidah and the Proton Board, but what is in the best interests of the nation and the 26 million Malaysians.”