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EV development efforts among Dewan Rakyat topics today

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 — Efforts to develop the electric vehicle (EV) sector in Malaysia were one of the topics discussed by MPs during the Supply Bill 2024 debate in the Dewan Rakyat today.

Kuala Pilah MP Datuk Adnan Abu Hassan proposed that the Investment, Trade, and Industry Ministry (Miti) allow the importation of electric vehicles priced below RM100,000.

This will ensure the lower (B40) and middle (M40) income groups can buy and own EVs, thus contributing to Malaysia’s economy.

“The introduction of e-vehicles should consider several sub-sectors, and Miti should review the policy currently only allowing the import of e-vehicles priced above RM100,000.

“This seems to favour the Top (T20) income group,” he said on the last day of the policy-level debate.

Meanwhile, Sipitang MP Datuk Matbali Musah proposed the government look into developing a Trans-Borneo railway network linking Sabah and Sarawak to Kalimantan, Indonesia.

He said the Trans-Borneo Project, linking growth centres in Sabah and Sarawak, could encourage long-term investment and bring significant returns to the country via economic integration between the Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, and Kalimantan regions.

Based on the Dewan Rakyat calendar, the Supply Bill 2024 will be debated at the policy level for eight days before a four-day session for replies from ministers begins on October 30.

MPs will participate in the debate on the bill at the committee level for 12 days, starting on November 6.

The sitting continues on Monday (October 30).

— Bernama

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