Third national car project won’t go against policy to reduce traffic woes, says minister

By BERNAMA / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS

The third national car project does not contravene the government’s policy to reduce traffic congestion in the country, said International Trade and Industry Minister Darell Leiking (picture).

He said the government will still continue its plan to provide a more efficient public transportation system.

“I am confident that through the formulation of new policies and the implementation of an efficient public transportation system, the people will choose to use public transport,” he said during a question-and- answer (Q&A) session at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

He was replying to a supplementary question from Datuk Rozman Isli (BN-Labuan) over the plan to launch the third national car project that is deemed to be in contravention of the government’s policy to reduce traffic congestion, especially in major urban areas.

In response to another question from Rozman on the launch date of the third national car project, Leiking said the plan is still at the proposal stage.

If it materialises, he said, various incentives including tax incentives will be given out to operators involved in accordance with the National Automotive Policy 2018, which will be announced by the Pakatan Harapan government in the near future.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad — in his speech at the 24th International Conference on the Future of Asia, or Nikkei Conference, in Tokyo last June — expressed his ambition to start a new national car project.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Human Resources encourages restaurant and eatery operators to hire qualified cooks from local government-run training institutions.

Deputy Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar said this is to ensure that young people receiving intensive training and having specialised skills in this field can earn a steady income.

“The government will continue to cater to various local industry training agendas in the culinary field and related disciplines that have been initiated by the previous government.

“Cooking can no longer be looked down upon, it even has its own class as local training institutions have produced many accredited people in cooking,” he said during a Q&A session at the Dewan Rakyat.

Mahfuz was replying to a question from Datuk Seri M Saravanan (BN-Tapah) on the government’s plans to ensure that youths who attend the skills training provided by the government, especially in the field of culinary arts, have a fixed income and not dropping out. — Bernama