He said that since then, progress have been good and that they are now near completion although the idea had not been presented to the government formally. He was speaking at the launch of the latest Proton sedan, the widely anticipated Proton Inspira developed based on the hugely popular Mitsubishi Lancer.

He added that the proposed consolidation is a very important one which will involve and require a lot of discussions from all the stakeholders and parties involved. This is to ensure that a fair deal could be reach for everyone. So far, no decision has yet to be made and that in the end, it must focus on cost and productivity.

On the issue of the proposed collaboration between FAPM (Australian Federation of Automotive Parts Manufacturers) with PVA and the Malaysian Automotive Component Parts Manufacturers' Association, the minister said that with the huge opportunities in store, it has created a lot of anticipation and excitement from the Australian parties to look at working with their Malaysian counterparts.

The former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who is also the advisor of Proton together with Datuk Seri Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh, the Chairman of Proton Group and Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir, the managing director of Proton were also present at the launch.