Thursday, May 13, 2010

Islamic car, anyone?

We are already so politically, racially and religiously divided. Do we need another conduit like a car to divide us Malaysians further? Since Proton is going to assemble Islamic cars, don't you think that it is therefore 'haram' for them to use non-Muslim money for the project? What about the other vendors? Must they be Muslims too? Someone wake me up, please!

Proton believes it may have found a huge gap in the market

The Malaysian car maker Proton has announced plans to develop an "Islamic", designed for Muslim motorists.

Proton is planning on teaming up with manufacturers in Iran and Turkey to create the unique vehicle.

The car could boast special features like a compass pointing to Mecca and a dedicated space to keep a copy of the Koran and a headscarf.

The idea came during a visit to the Middle East by a delegation of Malaysian politicians and businessmen.

Malaysian press reports say officials in Iran originally suggested the idea.

Safety features or fuel economy is one way of selling a car, but Proton thinks vehicles designed specifically for Muslims across the world represent a huge gap in the market.

Proton is the most dominant car on the streets here but the company has suffered recently after the government allowed more foreign cars to be imported.

The firm has been in talks recently with VW about a takeover by the German car giant.

[Source: BBC]

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