CarSifu Editors’ Choice Awards 2017

October 6, 2017 at 12:59 pm

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SPEECH BY Y. B. DATO’ SRI LIOW TIONG LAI
MINISTER OF TRANSPORT, MALAYSIA

CARSIFU EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2017
5 OCTOBER 2017
THE ROYALE CHULAN DAMANSARA

Y. Bhg. Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai
Group Managing Director and CEO Of Star Media Group Berhad

Award nominees,

Distinguished guests,

Members of the media,

Ladies and gentlemen,

1. First, allow me to express my gratitude and joy for being a part of Star Media Group’s CarSifu Editors’ Choice Awards.

2. It is an honour to be in the presence of so many leaders and respected members of the top car brands in Malaysia.

3. I would also like to congratulate the Star Media Group Berhad for taking the lead to organise CarSifu Editors’ Choice Awards Ceremony and tonight we celebrate you and all the diligence, ingenuity, and drive for excellence in the automotive industry in Malaysia.

4. The Ministry Of Transport has always maintained a close working relationship with automotive players in Malaysia. Our goal is to help grow the sector to be one that is internationally recognised for quality, it is in line with Malaysia’s own automotive policy as set forth by Honourable Prime Minister.

5. Centrally located in the ASEAN region with a population of more than 500 million people, Malaysia offers vast opportunities for global automotive and component manufacturers to set up manufacturing and distribution operations in the country.

6. I believe that with pragmatic government policies, political and economic stability, sound economic fundamentals, well developed infrastructural facilities and an educated and skilled labour force have attracted major international automotive and component manufacturers to invest in Malaysia.

7. The overall objective of the National Automotive Policy (NAP) is to generate sustainable economic value creation. This will maximise the long term contribution of the automotive industry to the national economy and at the same time ultimately benefit the Malaysian consumer. The “NAP” therefore aims to facilitate the required transformation and optimal integration of the national industry into regional and global industry networks.

Ladies and gentlemen,

8. We are currently part of many international bodies which ensures adherence of international regulations within Malaysia’s automotive industry. This is crucial to ensure that local as well as international regulations are met in order for Malaysia to be on par with international safety standards of automotive vehicles.

9. These regulations include the United Nations “World Forum For Harmonization Of Vehicle Regulations”. Malaysian has been a contracting party to the 1958 Agreement (UNECE Vehicle Regulations) and the 1998 Agreement (Global Technical Regulations) since 4th April 2006. As a result, Malaysia may test and certify an automotive product and export that product to 51 contracting nations without the need for further testing.

10. The gazette of these UN regulations will not only ensure the safety of automotive products in Malaysia and promote an internationally-recognized automotive framework, it also will open opportunities for the Malaysian automotive industry to expand its business to the international market. I am confident that all members of the top car brands in Malaysia is always in-tune with these regulations.

11. Our nation’s development agenda has always been people-focused, and it runs parallel to the aspirations of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Malaysia is committed to support and implement the 2030 agenda for sustainable development as we embark on the next chapter of development.

12. In supporting the SDG agenda, Malaysia has taken several initiatives to promote green technology in transportation. The transportation sector in Malaysia accounts for approximately 35% of the total energy consumed nationally, and produced nearly 50 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2015, second only to electricity power generation.

13. Therefore, Malaysia has pledged commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for up to 45% in terms of emission intensity of GDP by the year 2030.

14. In an effort to reduce energy consumption and emissions of harmful gases, including black smoke of the transport sector, Malaysia has been promoting the use of Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEVs) – in line with the objectives of the National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2014.

15. The government is working with relevant agencies to increase adoption of EEVs, especially for public transport like buses and taxis. We hope the EEVs would contribute to minimising the impact on the environment, in terms of reducing dependency on fossil fuel and fuel wastage, as well as emission of harmful gases and black smoke.

Ladies and gentlemen,

16. Malaysia is committed towards improving road safety to reduce the social and economic impact caused by road traffic fatalities and injuries. As such, Malaysia agrees with the ESCAP Road Safety Goals, Targets And Indicators For 2016-2020 as a means of developing more targeted activities in the region.

17. In November 2014, Malaysia launched the Road Safety Plan Of Malaysia 2014-2020 to address all road safety related issues in the country. This was followed by the establishment of a special committee to monitor the performance and implementation of the outlined initiatives.

18. The plan was drafted in line with the United Nations Decade Of Action For Road Safety 2011-2020. The initiatives taken by Malaysia were strongly guided by the five strategic pillars to meet the goals.

19. The Malaysian Institute Of Road Safety Research (MIROS) has also been appointed as the ASEAN Road Safety Centre (ARSC). The centre aims to provide information and knowledge, and to assist to develop know-how on road safety in ASEAN member states.

20. The New Car Assessment Program For Southeast Asia (ASEAN NCAP) which was established in 2011 is targeted to elevate vehicle safety standards, raise consumer awareness and thus encourage a market for safer vehicles in the region. The establishment of ASEAN NCAP marked a new milestone for vehicle safety in the region in response to the United Nations’ Decade Of Action For Road Safety 2011-2020.

21. Apart from seeing car brands continuously making cars safer, more comfortable, efficient, and reliable, I also applaud the continuous strides in sustainable and environmentally friendly technologies. Car makers all over the world are designing interiors that simulate the interaction of users with their smartphones, providing features such as touchscreens, voice recognition, and wireless charging.

22. As things improve, the technology has been refined and improved over time. Now we are hearing the future of mobility such as self-driving cars or autonomous vehicles.

23. These advances might sound like science fiction, but the early models are already in testing. It may not happen overnight, but we will steadily hand more and more of the driving process over to the vehicle itself. An autonomous vehicle uses cameras, radar, sensors and GPS unit to sense its environment, the road and other objects so it can drive without human input.

24. The great hope for autonomous vehicles or driverless cars is that they can eliminate those number of deaths and able to transform road safety in our country, and all this should make travelling far safer. More than 9 in 10 of today’s road fatalities in the world have an element of human error.

25. As in Malaysia, we continue to record high number of road accidents fatalities each year in the South-East Asia region, estimated 19 road accident deaths per day. Besides the loss of life, economically the country suffers in term of opportunity costs to the quantum of RM900,000 for each death.

26. Ministry Of Transport was given a full mandate by the cabinet in 2016 to spearhead the Malaysian autonomous vehicles project. In pursuant, we have developed a special taskforce steering committee which will be entrusted to review, debate and endorse all matters relating to policies and legislation that will encourage, facilitate, govern, regulate and influence the deployment of autonomous vehicles in Malaysia by year 2025.

Ladies and gentlemen,

27. And last but not least, I would also like congratulate Star Media Group on their Second CarSifu Editors’ Choice Awards after the successful inaugural event last year and commend you for hosting this momentous event to recognize the efforts of everyone here tonight.

28. This event is a testament to the vibrancy and excitement in the automotive industry today.

29. There will be 53 vehicles vying for 31 categories including the highly coveted ‘Car Of The Year’ Award, and I’m sure it is not an easy task for the CarSifu editors and judges to select the winners as there are so many amazing contenders.

30. Good luck to all nominees and may this event further fuel your passion for automotive excellence.

31. Thank you and a have a wonderful evening