Proton's 51% Control for Foreigner

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Nov 09 2006
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Latest financial breaking news : The government of Malaysia is believed to have finally decided on giving foreign parties 51% control in the manufacturing operations of Proton Holdings Bhd, with German carmaker Volkswagen AG being mentioned as a potential partner.

According to the source, the government is agreeable to a model similar to second national carmaker Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) and its principal Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd of Japan.

Proton Volkswagen partnershipWith the business model agreed, Proton’s domain will be in domestic distribution arm while the manufacturing arm will be headed by the foreign partner, which will bring in technical expertise and help expand Proton’s production for export.

Parts and component makers that supply to Proton have been suffering because of Proton’s declining production volume with huge stockpiles of unsold inventories.

Proton’s stock price soared more than 11% or 54 sen to RM5.20 (8-Nov-2006) after talk resurfaced of a possible takeover.

If indeed this takes off, will there be more of similar partnership in place to revitalise ill and suffering company such as MAS ? I think it’s time for the government to put aside political concern in order to ensure bail-out is the last thing we’re going to hear since 1997 economic crisis. It would bring more harms to maintain loss-making company just because we can’t accept foreign’s management when we ourselves do not have the skills-sets.

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Hey fellow bloggers,

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