the United States of America (a developed country which we are also
aspiring to become by the year 2020) a 2009 model BMW 535i Sedan is
selling for about USD50,367.00. This is only RM178,000 � about the price
of a Toyota Camry 2.4L here in Malaysia . The same BMW sells in
Malaysia for about RM450,000.
BMW 328i sells for
RM155,000 in the US
The 2009 model BMW 328i 2 door
Convertible sells for USD44,014 or
RM155,369.00 in the US . In
Malaysia the same car sells for over
RM460,000. This is an untenable
Audi A4 2.0T Cabriolet Convertible sells for
RM142,000 in the US
The 2009 model Audi A4 2 Door 2.0T
Cabriolet Convertible sells in the US for USD40,328.00 or RM142,357. In
Malaysia the same car would sell for about RM265,000.
GTI 2.0T sells for RM85,000 in the US
In the US the 2009
model Volkswagen GTI 2.0T sells for USD 24,039 or RM85,000 only. In
China the same car will cost around RM60,000. Over here the same VW car
sells for about RM200,000.
2010 model Toyota Camry 2.4L
sells in the US for USD 19,659.00 or RM69,396. In Malaysia the 2008
Toyota Camry 2.4L sells for
RM170,000. Toyota Camry 2.4L, 2010 model.
RM69,000 in the US
Car prices in Malaysia are about three
times higher than the prices in the United States. We are a developing
nation. Our land and labour costs are so much cheaper than the US . Why
are our cars so expensive? It does not make any sense. Tak masuk akal.
here are some car prices from our neighbour Indonesia . The Toyota
Altis sells in Indonesia for about RM46,000. The same car sells here
for around RM 112,000. Again we are three times more expensive
than Indonesia .
The Honda Jazz sells here for RM108,000.
In Indonesia the Jazz sells for RM 36,000. Three times more
We are paying ridiculously high prices (and actually
impoverishing the Malays � who are the largest buyers of cars in
Malaysia) to support an out of date, out of touch with reality motor car
We are paying the highest car prices in the world to
support the Proton and other locally made cars as well as support a mind
boggling AP policy which only benefits a relatively few rich Malays. A
disproportionately large number of Malays and other Malaysians are being
impoverished to subsidise the wealth of a few inefficient rich.
million Malaysians have to pay three times more for their cars just to
support Proton and 120,000 people who are directly and indirectly
involved in the motor sector in Malaysia and the AP holders. That is a
ratio of 216:1.
This ratio of 216:1 is too skewed. 26.0 million
happier people can contribute many more votes than 120,000 members of an
inefficient motor industry. 26 million unhappy people can change a
Government. (The maths is not really difficult here)