Amanah leaders defend super drone project

The ‘flying car’ project, by a private Malaysian company, was announced at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition earlier this year.

SHAH ALAM: Two Amanah leaders have defended the super drone or “flying car” programme undertaken by the entrepreneur development ministry, saying that negative criticism was being played up by opposition cybertroopers.

Deputy Entrepreneur Development Minister Mohd Hatta Md Ramli, who is also an Amanah Central Committee member, said the programme was a good opportunity to help small entrepreneurs.

“There are restrictions. Regulations, on how high it can fly, which routes to use. But these are the government’s responsibilities.

“This is a good opportunity. Don’t fall for the negative things you see on social media,” he said at the round-up of the debate at the Amanah National Convention 2019.

He reminded delegates to reject any news against Pakatan Harapan as “fake news”.

“Reject first, don’t accept. If we accept, sorry we’ll just be killing ourselves,” he added.

Meanwhile, Federal Territories Minister and Amanah communications director Khalid Samad said the flying car issue was being played up on purpose by Barisan Nasional (BN) cyber troopers.

”Why are we entertaining it?”

He added that the super drone used advanced technology and this was therefore advantageous to the country.

“Maybe it is the way the minister spread the message … his message was undermined and he was insulted.”

The “flying car” project, by a private Malaysian company, was announced at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition earlier this year and drew derision and sarcastic comments on social media and scepticism from opposition MPs.

In March, the vehicle’s developers, Aerodyne Group, said the car, known as Vector, was actually a drone powered by four motors running on a lithium-ion battery.

It is expected to carry a load of 150-200kg and to fly about 50m above ground level at 60kph for 30 to 90 minutes.

Yesterday, a Pahang Amanah delegate had criticised the “flying car” project when he was speaking on “unneeded” programmes being implemented by the PH government.

He said it was difficult to explain such projects to the people.