Zafrul: New Industrial Master Plan 2030 to capitalise on US$2.7 bln Asean EV market


Tengku Zafrul (third left) officiates at the launching in Kuala Lumpur on July 6, 2023. — Photo from Facebook/Chery Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR (July 7): The New Industrial Master Plan 2030 (NIMP2030), to be launched next month, will capitalise on the US$2.7 billion (US$1=RM4.66) Asean electric vehicle (EV) market, said Investment, Trade and Industry Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz.

He said Chery Malaysia’s plan to inject an initial capital of RM170 million for its expansion strategies here will not only provide variety and excitement to the local auto market but also support Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth through strategic sectoral growth.

As part of its global expansion, the Chinese state-owned automobile manufacturer yesterday announced the injection of RM170 million for expansion in Malaysia, which will provide 4,000 high-paying, high-skilled jobs for Malaysians in the next five years.

“Mass electrification from the automotive sector fits in well with the country’s national environmental, social and governance (ESG) and net zero agenda from the manufacturing industry’s perspective. As such, we have already started pushing for higher EV penetration within our country.

“As Malaysia is a major electrical and electronics manufacturing hub in Southeast Asia, automakers like Chery can easily leverage on this to help grow Malaysia’s production of next-generation vehicles (or NxGVs),” he said in his speech at the official grand launch of Chery Malaysia’s Tiggo 8PRO and Omoda 5 here yesterday.

Chery Malaysia, according to Tengku Zafrul, is also targeting to launch both its EV and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) models to reach around 20 per cent of the EV market share in Malaysia by as early as 2024, and will also introduce its affordable EV models in future.

“The Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry (Miti) welcomes all these initiatives as they are aligned with our national aspiration of having 15 per cent total industry volume (TIV) for electrified vehicles (EV and hybrid) by 2030, and 38 per cent of TIV by year 2040,” he said.

The minister said that Malaysia has a dynamic automotive industry which supports over 700,000 workers in its ecosystem, accounting for over 4.4 per cent of the Malaysian workforce.

Its contribution to Malaysia’s GDP is about 4 to 5 per cent on average annually, and it delivered RM64.5 billion towards the national GDP in 2022.

Miti is targeting to increase the sector’s GDP contribution to RM104.2 billion by 2030. — Bernama