KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 12): The blueprint to drive the third national car project will be presented to the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in two weeks and then submitted to the Cabinet for approval, said Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof. Mohd Redzuan said a deadline for submissions toward the project’s vendor development programme will be established once the blueprint has been completed. He said more than 50 local vendors had submitted their applications to the ministry. “The third national car project will be what the market wants. Cars nowadays are like gadgets when looking at the technology. So, we are shaping the car based on our capability and on the environment that is provided by the world, in terms of technology and application,” Mohd Redzuan told reporters at the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) SME Conference 2018 here today. He said the establishment of the new car project would be among main drivers to boost the manufacturing sector’s contribution to the economy. He added that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which formed the backbone of the economy were highly concentrated in the services sector, which account for 89.2% of SMEs. “We need the manufacturing sector to spin off the services sector. Hence, there is a need to upgrade and graduate the micro and small players to become medium enterprises,” Mohd Redzuan said. Out of 907,065 SMEs in the country, 76.5% are micro players, 21.2% aresmall-sized and the remaining 2.3% are medium enterprises. Meanwhile, FMM President Datuk Soh Thian Lai said there was a strong need for SMEs to reengineer their operations by embracing the Industry Revolution 4.0 technology. “There were three significant game-changing plans announced by the government, namely the 2019 Budget, the Mid-Term Review of the 11th Malaysia Plan, and the launch of the National Policy on Industry 4.0. “We certainly need to digest these development plans closely. We hope to receive clearer directions and details through implementation of various programmes and initiatives,” Soh said. Soh also emphasised on the need to support the manufacturing sector by ensuring a business-friendly operating and investment environment. — Bernama