Updated: A real manifesto by Syed Akbar Ali
It tickles when the Pakatan's formal response to Najib's manifesto is: "They copied ours!" It is childish to claim intellectual property rights over lower car prices. Back in 1993 when Afta was new, the leaders of Asean agreed on a long-term program to integrate the auto industry. Ten years on, experts maintained that Proton and Perodua notwithstanding, imported CKDs in Malaysia were going to be 30-50% cheaper due to the long-term proposed tariff reductions. So who are they trying to kid?
[The impact of Afta on the Asean automotive industry, Frost & Sullivan, 2002]