Liberalization And Car Manufacturing In Sea-4

Rajah, Rasiah (2001) Liberalization And Car Manufacturing In Sea-4. International Journal of Business and Society, 2 (1). pp. 1-23. ISSN 1511-6670


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Automobile assembly in Southeast Asia began with simple operations by Ford Motors in Singapore in 1926 (Chee and Fong, 1983) and General Motors in Indonesia in 1928 (Witoelar, 1983). Assembly of completely knocked down (CKD) units were started by Ford Motors in Singapore in 1930. The smallness of the Southeast Asian market and the lack of adequate infrastructure services inhibited significant growth in production until the end of colonialism. Much of the automobiles sold were imported until the post-colonial governments started introducing tariffs and local content policies to encourage import-substitution assemblies. Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand raised tariffs on completely built up (CBU) units to stimulate domestic assembly and reduce the foreign exchange constraint. The initial experience was not characterized by deliberate efforts to promote national car initiatives a la Japan and South Korea. The Philippines and Thailand continued without ownership discriminating policies, though, some companies were forced to allow local partners. Malaysia and Indonesia, however, began promoting national car production using foreign technology through tie-ups with foreign firms. Hence, special initiatives to shelter the production of local cars against foreign cars surfaced strongly since the 1980s and 1990s.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: liberalization, manufacturing, Sea-4,unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2015 00:54
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2015 00:54

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