Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Malaysia wooing Tesla in bid to promote e-vehicles

MALAYSIA Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) is looking to bring Tesla Motors to Malaysia in its move to promote the use of energy-efficient and electric vehicles to reduce the dependence on fossil fuel.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the effort could make Malaysia a centre of excellence in electric vehicle technology as well as a main service centre of electric vehicles in the Asean region.

“GreenTech Malaysia has brought in two Tesla Model S cars for research and development,” he told reporters at Parliament lobby.

He added that the Malaysian Green Tech­nology and Climate Change Council meeting chaired by the Prime Minister had, however, decided that further discussions among his ministry, the International Trade and Industry Ministry, Malaysian Industrial Development Authority and Tesla Motors were needed to ensure the commitment from the investor could benefit Malaysia as an electric vehicle development hub in the region and also to allow other electric vehicles to be brought into the country.

 

After the meeting, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak drove one of the models from Parliament to Putra World Trade Centre.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, meanwhile, said in a written reply that only civil servants were subjected to a dress code, which would be updated from time to time.

“The public can wear appropriate clothing in line with tradition or Eastern values when going to government offices,” she told Datuk Dr Makin @ Marcus Mojigoh (BN-Putatan).

Azalina said government officers would still attend to those who were not in proper attire and the department heads could advise the person to dress appropriately in future.

The issue of dressing went public after se­veral women were asked to cover their legs before entering government premises, such as the Balik Pulau court complex, the Selangor state secretariat building, Sungai Buloh Hospital and Gombak Road Transport Depart­ment.

The women were asked to put on a sarong by security guards or they would not be allowed in.

 

Source - The Star