I believe a nation must not remain static and not venture into new programs that will benefit itself in the short or long run. Like any other organisation, to survive, it needs to continuously re-invent itself. Therefore, it was with great relief and excitement when I heard the Prime Minister spoke about the making of the National Car Project (NCP) 2.0
The first NCP started in the mid-80s immediately created the euphoria effect for Malaysians to believe that we can ‘dream it possible’ into the high tech industry and transform ourselves from being fully dependent on the commodity-driven agriculture sector. The NCP also motivates STEM-loving students to imagine working in our own complex, manufacturing facility. A parent then would remarked proudly to others, “my son / daughter works in Proton”.
When the first Proton car came off the assembly line and went on the roads throughout the country to introduce itself, the whole nation was awaken and proudly bathe in its glory and pride. Children were running after the car just to touch it. If there were mobile phones at that time, and Facebook or Insta accounts were available, it would have gone viral many million times over. A saga worth to be made into a blockbuster movie, I think.