Ismail Sabri: Dr M ‘interference’ stunted Proton’s growth

Ismail Sabri Yaakob

(Bernama) – Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic) claims that former Proton Holdings Bhd chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad “interfered” in every move to rationalise the national car company, resulting in its inability to expand and caused it to sustain losses.

The Rural and Regional Development Minister hoped the former prime minister’s voluntary resignation would put the company on stronger ground and start chalking up profits in the future.

“All plans, including administrative matters, however small, needed his approval and his interference caused all plans to be disrupted.

“Before this, Proton was negotiating with external parties to expand its market and acquire a foreign partner, but it could not proceed due to his interference,” he alleged.

Ismail Sabri, who is also Bera MP was speaking to reporters after opening the Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Mengkarak Parent-Teachers’ Association annual general meeting here Saturday.