Malaysia, at last, may be moving toward an independent automotive industry. In a recent speech, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi warned Malaysian auto makers they must reduce their dependence on government protection. The targets of this surprising warning, unnamed but obvious: Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional (Proton) and Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn. Bhd BMW Malaysia’s best-selling models. (Perodua), nurtured by the Malaysian government for decades behind protectionist walls ...

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