Malaysia’s auto industry to become smarter sector

The prime minister says the industry will be equipped with high-end technology in the future


The automotive industry will become a smarter sector and be equipped with high-end technology in the future.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak said the vision for the automotive sector will be supported by the ability to leverage and optimise the usage of big data, as well as the high-speed Internet available in the country.

“It is the government’s aspiration to see what we call as the ‘connected mobility vision’ materialise in the next decade,” he said at the launching of the Malaysia Autoshow 2018 in Serdang yesterday.

“We hope Malaysians could afford to own and use electrical cars, auto driving vehicles and flying cars one day,” he said.

Najib also said the technology would enhance the safety requirement for private vehicles.

“It enables one vehicle to communicate with another vehicle, or with the infrastructure, thus curbing the probability of any accidents on the road,” he added.

Also present at the event were Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) CEO Datuk Mohamad Madani Sahari and Ministry of International Trade and Industry secretary general Datuk Seri J Jayasiri.

“The holistic involvement encompassing ‘stakeholders’ — including ministries, automotive industry agencies and youths — is important for planning and implementing the same strategic direction, while enhancing the competitiveness of the country’s automotive industry,” Najib said in his speech.

On the National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2018, he said the review of the policy features four key pillars — namely, new generation vehicles, mobility, the Industry 4.0 revolution and artificial intelligence.

Meanwhile, Madani said all of these elements will contribute to a stronger foundation in developing the connected mobility industry in the future.

“It will enhance the digital economy’s capability which will allow mobility to become part of services activity — a concept which integrates all public and private transport to a centralised system,” he said.

In optimisation of the service, he said MAI has already developed a few initiatives such as the City Interoperability System (COPS).

The project will integrate all single systems in the public transport cycles, as well as personal vehicles.

“It includes the services based on public trends such as e-health and e-payment systems,” he said.

The connected mobility industry is expected to create around 480,000 jobs for Technical Vocational Education and Training graduates and 300,000 public universities graduates.

In addition, the COPS is expected to give opportunities to around 300,000 people from the middle 40 group.