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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Police buying 2,000 Protons for RM80m

The Royal Malaysian Police is acquiring 2,000 Proton cars this year for about RM80 million to beef up its mobile patrol vehicle programme.

The Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said on Oct 13 that the police are considering to buy another 300 more cars next year.

Of the 2,000 cars, the police took delivery of 200 on Oct 13 while another 300 more cars would be delivered before Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.

"The remainder (1,500) will arrive by December this year. With the new cars, which will be distributed according to priority, we hope to have a bigger police presence and cut response time from 12 minutes to four,” Musa said.

He was speaking to reporters at the handing-over ceremony in Shah Alam on Oct 13. Also present was Proton Holdings Bhd chairman Datuk Mohammed Azlan Hashim.

Of the 2,000 cars this year, the police will receive 1,000 Wajas, 500 Wiras, 400 Iswaras and 100 Perdana V6s. The police are looking to have a fleet of about 3,990 by the end of next year. Currently, the police have about 1,690 Proton cars.

Azlan declined to comment on Proton adviser and former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's statement that Proton would collapse unless it had a strong foreign partner.

“The views and comments we’ve often heard. As mentioned during our AGM, many steps are being undertaken to improve Proton but the effects will take time. By next year, as we have also announced, we will launch two new models and this is something to look forward to.

“We will admit that the cars we have perhaps have been around for many years already and people want to see something fresh and new. This is something that has been worked on a fast-tracked basis and we will make the announcement on these two at the appropriate time,” he added.


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