Media organisations which are indirectly acting on behalf of personalities in sordid attempts to riddicule the heightened attacks against controversies such as the ‘1MDB scandals’ ought to be able to separate the battles they wish their ‘enemies’ to be drawn into.
In the aggressiveness of Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s strong criticism and eventually evolved to attacks in the past 10 weeks which demanded Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak to resign, the retaliation is somewhat amateurish if not childish.
TV3 trained its guns at Proton, for defaulting on the Teksi 1 Malaysia (TEKS1M) program and poor quality Proton Sagas. The anguish of taxi drivers is being harped for four nights in a row.
It is because Tun Dr. Mahathir last year came into Proton Board of Directors (BoD) as the Chairman.
The TV3 story is an attempt of a sinister agenda in nature, to indirectly rubbish Tun Dr, Mahathir who incepted Perusahan Otomobil Nasional as the national car project more than thirty years ago and still is very fond of the idea to make Malaysia an automobile producing nation.
These prime time reports failed to highlight the complete information to the few points as contentious, in which being presented otherwise as a propaganda to condemn Proton.
One, taxi drivers face problems getting their warranties void and Proton dishonouring them. The other is the delay in the delivery of Proton Exora as part of Federal Government via SPAD program of the introduction of Teksi 1 Malaysia.
These Proton cars were delivered with Campro engines. Most of the taxi drivers converted them to be NGV-enabled, so that they can save on fuel bill since for a long time government disallowed for the increase in fare for taxis even though operation costs escalate.
What the TV3 story failed to allow Proton to explain is that the warranty void arisen from the tempering with the engine.
The late delivery of Proton Exora is because ‘initial instructions’ was about to supply high-specs taxi (to match the ones that is being used as TX4 in London etc.) but taxi operators refuse to pay for the increased in price and prefer the lower-specs instead. There is other contentious issue of SPAD has been seen as lacklustre in playing the role to ensure that the financing of these Proton Exoras is made easier for operators and drivers.
This is highly inconsistent and bent towards politically inproductive since in the recent inaugural visit by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Proton was showcased as one of the industry that is Malaysia’s pride.
Those who are responsible to issue ‘instructions’ for TV3 to do this must also stop and in which ever ways start to realise that there are multiple times more happy Proton users and loyalists from the four million produced and sold in past thirty years as compared to the disgruntled ones. Slighting them in any way and degree would inevitably jeopardise confidence or even support towards Prime Minister Najib and his administration. Certainly even more than the imagination of gaining political mileage otherwise.
Its baffling to even think that media professionals and experienced journos are able to be cowed by political-king-maker wannabes for something which could only be viewed as such a childish lame political prank.