proton plans to build a muslim car, what's next

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Malaysia firm's 'Muslim car' plan
By Robin Brant
BBC News, Kuala Lumpur

Proton believes it may have found a huge gap in the market
The Malaysian carmaker Proton has announced plans to develop an "Islamic car", designed for Muslim motorists.

Hell yeah...according to Wikipedia, there are around 1.1 to 1.8 billion Muslims around the world right now. Big fucking market, don't you think?

And looks like we will be reverting back to this logo.

old proton logo

Well, I guess, since the Catholics have their pope-mobile why can't the Muslims, right?

pope mobile

Proton is planning on teaming up with manufacturers in Iran and Turkey to create the unique vehicle.

Let's see. Turkey doesn't have a national car, well, not that I know off anyway. Iran's national car's a Peugeot, the outdated 405. Malaysia's national car's a Mitsubishi. Both of these so-called "car manufacturers" utilize foreign technology, outdated foreign technology, in fact. Technology any real car manufacturer would be ashamed to call their own. Hmm, yes. Definitely a good idea. *snicker* *snicker*

The car could boast special features like a compass pointing to Mecca and a dedicated space to keep a copy of the Koran and a headscarf.

Wow, in car compass. That's fucking genius. I wished someone would have thought of that first. I wonder how that would look like. Let's see, does it look something like this:

car compass

Or maybe it looks a little bit like a GPS receiver, like this:

car compass

I don't know. I really don't know. Does it really take 3 countries collaborating to come up with a device that points towards Mecca?

"Dedicated space to keep the Quran"? Hmmm.. I don't know. I wonder what's the glove compartment is for?

"Headscarf"? The glove compartment's pretty big ain't it?

3 countries, doing a join venture thing to make a car? I wonder what else can they think off.

I'd rather Proton spend more time, fixing their fucking quality check problem and make sure that the cars that they manufacture actually resembles and functions like a normal car. Buying Proton is sort of like a box of chocolates. You'll never know what you are going to get.

Every Proton owner knows that it's really gamble when you buy a Proton. The lucky ones with get a squeak here and there right after they drive it out of the car dealership. The unlucky ones would have their cars spending more time at the service center than actually being driven by the owners.

Well, I can't blame Proton for being a "suck ass" car manufacturer. I blame us Malaysian for condoning these irresponsible attitude by ignorantly and continuously supporting them. Fuck the national propaganda. Fuck the support your national product campaign. Fuck the national car.

Proton's main selling point in Malaysia is that it is the cheapest car that's available. Those who fall right above the poverty line and below the mid-income group, now get a chance to own a car for the first time. Everyone's happy right? Big accomplishment for the government, right?

You couldn't be more wrong. We are being myopic here. We are not seeing the big picture. Yes, every one gets to own a car. But at what cost?

Did we ever think of the quality of the car that we are buying? Why are we paying 60K for an inferior car when you can probably get a nice Japanese import for that same price price? You are paying for a car, that even you wouldn't strap your worst enemy into, let alone drive yourself.

Why are we paying so much for the car? One word: Monopoly. But not in the Bill Gates Windows Operating System way. Bill Gates did it the right way, he created a kick ass campaign and orchestrated some shady business dealings with PC manufacturers and annihilated his competition. He was competing with other software companies on a fair and even battleground. He gave other manufacturers a chance to compete with him.

But not fucking Proton. Proton, being a company with bureaucratic origins, whom at present day still employs politicians, who are either currently serving or previously served the ruling government, to be part of their advisory group or board member; maintains that the government sanctioned monopoly is just part and parcel of maintaining the national car project. Imposing high tariffs on imported cars and with them, Proton, lobbying to delay the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) act from being passed has nothing to do with them knowing that their plastic equivalent of a toy car would not be able to compete internationally, in a freely traded market. With the FTA in place, who's going to pay 60K for piece of crap "we" call the national car, when consumers have the option to upgrade to a Toyota Vios or a Honda City by paying the same price? Even owning a continental car would not be something out of reach for most consumers anymore.

Of course, the government would beg to differ. This has nothing to do with protecting the interest of a selected few, for a few more extra years. It's actually for the good of the nation.

Our government, of course, would maintain that this act taken by them is to protect our national "pride", our so called "baby" from the bigger and meaner industry "monsters" like the Toyotas and the Hondas, and the General Motors.

Proton, have you ever considered that if you can't compete with other companies on the same and fair grounds, then you shouldn't even be competing at all? You've had like, what, 20 year to mold yourself into a decent automobile company, but you fail to do so even with Big Brother's help. Don't blame the consumers for choosing a better deal over your so-called weak ass car.

If you can't make a quality product, why must we, the consumers, be made to suffer?

But still, I blame us. Malaysians, not really the government. We are to blame for supporting this inferior company for so long. We forsake quality for affordability. We are so lazy to walk and take public transport (even this I can't blame us, who'd want to take a LRT that breaks down on a weekly basis). If we stopped buying from them, they'd be forced to close down. Or better still, buck up and make a better fucking car. But we didn't do so. It's really our fault.

The idea came during a visit to the Middle East by a delegation of Malaysian politicians and businessmen.

Malaysian press reports say officials in Iran originally suggested the idea.

These fuckers must be high on Shisha when they suggested this.

Safety features or fuel economy is one way of selling a car, but Proton thinks vehicles designed specifically for Muslims across the world represent a huge gap in the market.

I don't need safety belts. I don't even need airbags. I don't need fuel economy as well, because petrol is "cheap". All I need is a Mecca compass and a Quran box.

Wow. I'm surprised they even dared to print this. Who would have thought, fuel economy is not an important feature on a car. Geez, I've been approaching the whole car buying thing from a wrong angle. I guess I don't need anti-lock breaks. I steel bars under my steering wheel will absorb the crash collision impact.

So says the company that makes inferior cars.

Proton is the most dominant car on the streets here but the company has suffered recently after the government allowed more foreign cars to be imported.

Bullshit! Tax is high. I'm still paying through my nose for a decent Japanese car.

The firm has been in talks recently with VW about a takeover by the German car giant.

VW? Seriously? Shit, if they do come to the Malaysian shores, I hope they'd reduce the price of the VW Jetta. I'm fucking upgrading. Just make sure they are not made in the Proton plant.


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