Malaysia, Iran, Turkey plan Islamic Car

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Malaysia together with Iran and Turkey plan to produce ”Islamic” cars for the global market, according to Proton Holdings Bhd’s managing director Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir. From an idea mooted by Iran, the proposed cars are expected to have Islamic features such as compass, Qibla reading and compartment for keeping the Holy Quran and scarves. ”What they (Iran) want to do is to call that an Islamic car,” he told Bernama on the sidelines of a dinner organized by Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) here last night. The dinner was held in conjunction with the visit of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Mohd Affendi Norwawi, to Iran.

According to Syed Zainal Abidin, the Islamic car proposal will be a good opportunity for all those involved. ”We will identify a car that we can develop to be produced in Malaysia, Iran or Turkey. The car will have all the Islamic features and should be meant for export purposes,” he said. Syed Zainal Abidin said with government support, the Islamic car producers will be able to get a big volume of orders. ”For Proton, we are more than happy because we have products that we can share. For us, the proposal will be an advantage because it can help reduce our cost of development and provide better volume and economies of scale,” he said and added: ”They have identified and proposed three countries — Iran, Malaysia and Turkey. Why these three countries? I think it’s because they are automotive-based,” Syed Zainal Abidin added.


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