Guess we won’t be seeing flying cars in the sky in Malaysia anytime soon. Not the saddest news to hear in my opinion.
Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions) Redzuan Yusof said that super drones or air mobility vehicles were never prioritised by the Pakatan Harapan government.
Former Entrepreneur Development Minister Redzuan introduced the initiative in 2018, calling it the “flying car” project and this has led to him being ridiculed by various quarters. Why? I thought people wanted flying cars in the future?
However, he explained that the main purpose for the “flying car” project was to develop the air mobility industry in the country and create employment opportunities for the Malaysians.
“It was never a priority because we were focusing more on empowering entrepreneurs and to provide exposure to Malaysians on the latest technology in the world. Initially we wanted to be a producing country. When people start flying, are we still going to import the (vehicles) instead of (producing our own)?,” he told a press conference at the Parliament building.
He added that the priority has always been on the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 which is to reduce the wealth gap in the country and that it was the media who said that flying cars were the priority of the PH Government.
Recently, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the Perikatan Nasional government is not prioritising the super drone project, adding that the ministry is focusing on entrepreneurs affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
When asked if he is disappointed that his the project is not a priority of the current government, Redzuan reiterated that the flying car project was never the main agenda of the government.
“I am not disappointed. This is an initiative by the private sector and the government was only helping the sector in terms of providing an ecosystem to that it can thrive.” he said.
With the pandemic going on, we can barely fly on airplanes, let alone flying cars so it’s no surprise that this project isn’t a priority. There are other things to worry about now, like healthcare. Maybe some time in the future, we get to live to see the day that flying vehicles will be the norm.