Should Indonesia made their own “Proton”?
Being known as well established manufactured company in south east asia make Perusahan Otomobil Nasional Berhad (PROTON) proud for their competitive and innovative cars. Launched in 1985, Malaysian Prime Minister him self, Dato’ Seri Mahathir Mohamed, who had originally conceived the idea of a Malaysian car. Twenty five years of experience has bring Proton into their ‘Silver era’, can you imagine how proud Malaysian can be right now to have their national automobiles company driven internationally. Malaysia as part of ASEAN member countries are the leaders in the automotive aspect because of this reasons if we compare it with Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.
Hence, Indonesia used to have their own national automobile in President Soeharto era, which is known as TIMOR, but it was only repackaging of KIA automobile from Korea and did not last that long. Because it is the one and only model they had made. Now if you can imagine how good Malaysia with their Proton, I think Indonesia government should start to think made their own Indonesia version of ‘Proton’. This is because more than 230 billion population in this countries can be a very huge market to build. Not to mention, many positive impacts by having national cars such as enhancement of our technologies awareness, research and development in high technology of automotive industry, large opportunities on creating job opportunities and, the spirit and proudness of our nationalism to have our own national car’s.
Everything start from a scratch, then its developed to be perfect.