Mahathir indicates possibility of joint Malaysia-Indonesia car

Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad spoke of the possibility of reviving the proposed project of a Malaysia-Indonesia car for the ASEAN market, Bernama reported.

It quoted the Malaysian leader as saying that the idea was brought up when he test-drove a Proton car in Malaysia in February 2015 with visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo sitting beside him.

“I was no longer the prime minister then,” he said. Dr Mahathir who was on a two-day visit to Indonesia.

“I drove the car at a speed of 180 km per hour on the Sepang race circuit. The President (Joko Widodo) did not complain at all (when the car was driven at that speed),” Dr Mahathir said at the joint press conference with President Jokowi.

Jokowi had recalled the test-drive when he spoke earlier at the press conference and said he had no cause for worry because the person behind the wheel was Dr Mahathir, Bernama said.