More local vendors registered for 3rd national car project

By SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH

The government has launched an online registration platform for automotive part suppliers to participate in the new national car project’s (NNCP) supply chain following heightened interest from local vendors.

According to the ministry’s website, there are currently 59 registrations for the NNCP through the ministry’s vendor development programme (VDP) as recorded on Nov 5, 2018.

Ministry of Entrepreneur Development (MED) secretary general Wan Suraya Wan Mohd Radzi said the involvement of local players for NNCP will be via the ministry’s VDP.

“We have provided an online platform for auto part suppliers to register as vendors for the NNCP because we have received much interests from local vendors wanting to participate,” she said at the Global Marketing Summit 2018 in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

“The ministry is fine tuning its VDP that specifically serves the third national car, so that it can contribute to the project as much as possible.”

Wan Suraya said the ministry will collaborate with the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) to select vendors with the right capabilities and capacities to be in the supply chain.

“We need to see (the vendors’) capabilities and capacities to supply parts for the third national car.

“The NNCP is a private sector- led project and the government has made it clear that it will not fund the project. So, the vendors who wish to be involved have to be big players and financially capable,” she said.

The Malaysian Reserve (TMR) reported yesterday that there were about 50 automotive local parts suppliers who have registered under the ministry’s VDP.

MED Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof told TMR that the programme targets to assist local-tier vendors to adopt new technologies and produce value-added products that meet the global standards.

The 59 registrations through MED are in addition to the currently 21 proposals of manufacturers for the third national car received by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

MIGHT, a technology-based agency under the Prime Minister’s Office, has been tasked to coordinate the NNCP, while MED will manage the vendors’ participation.