On March 3, 2019, Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusuf promised to reveal the prototype of Malaysia’s first flying car within this year, targeting to release it after the fasting month.
The plan to produce a flying car by 2019 can be traced back to two years ago. The idea was first announced by Li Chunrong, the CEO of Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sdn Bhd (Proton) in November 2017.
The announcement was made after China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. Ltd (Geely) officially purchased 49.9% stake of Proton back in May 24, 2017.
On February 26, Redzuan’s claim that a protype of flying car already existed. Later, on March 3, the Entrepreneur Minister said that Malaysia’ flying car project is still on the drawing board stage, as reported by the MalayMail.
The current stage of the project is not helping the people believe that the project could actually be materialized.
Most still believe that the production of a flying car with a cost of RM1 million is “stupid” and they are taking the news as an April’s Fool joke.
Instead of producing a new car technology, the minister is advised to fix the problems Proton is currently facing.
However, Redzuan remains positive that the development of a flying car would benefit the country through the aspect of engineering as the project is relying on local capabilities. Foreign parties will only be referred to for safety features.
Redzuan added, the car will not be sold to the general public. Instead, the mission is targeting transport services companies.
Counting down to the fasting month in less than two months, will Malaysians be presented with the most anticipated and promised prototype soon?