funny thing to say, malay carmaker's ass is only saved by the 100% tariff.
proton is losing money.
it is not even the "naba" 1 car in Malaysia. it is Perodua.
am Malaysian, and I can safely and confidently tell you that the vast vast vast majority of educated Malaysians (those not easily brainwashed by Government propoganda) think that the Malaysian national carmaker, Proton and Perodua, make pathetic, useless, unreliable, expensive cars.
The only reason we drive them there is because to "protect" the national car, excise or import tax at 50% up to 200% for sports models is levied on imported cars, making them impossible to buy if you arent filthy rich.
This one minister, as is often the case, does NOT speak for the Malaysian populace. Malaysians AREN'T offended by Mr Clarkson's comments. Ask ANY Malaysian, and they will tell you what a piece of junk Protons are. There is a famous saying in Malaysia. "Keep your Cola tins, because you can use them to patch up your Proton or Perodua bodywork"!
Oh, for your information. I am extremely embarrased to admit to my Brit mates that Proton is a Malaysian car.