The Malaysian government plans to ensure its national car manufacturers continue to receive protection from the region’s free-trade pact, but the measure is not a permanent one, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz says in a published report. The protection comes in the form of extending the national car companies’ current tax exemptions, despite an import duty reduction that stared in January 2004. Eventually the domestics should be able to compete without ...

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