Yes it would be quite silly indeed, but sometimes silly things happen under new ownership. One good example was when Proton was taken over by the Malaysian Government's investment arm, they got rid of Proton's subsidiary motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta for 1 Euro saying that it was not a worthwhile investment and it would be best to cut their losses before things get worse. Proton bought the company for 70million Euros. And the thing about MV Agusta at the time it wasn't really getting worse. They had a fabulous bike (the Tamburini designed F4) in their line-up and sales were actually decent.
I'd say that incident was a really large blunder and I do hope that things like that will never happen again. Dany Bahar goes to add that there are no serious inquiries to buy Lotus and that DRB Hicom should consider the fact that demand for Lotus cars is good with 383 orders of the latest Lotus Exige and 200 orders for the upcoming high performance Lotus Evora GTE. The only problem that Lotus would face is that there would not be any money coming from Proton for about 60 days.
This is because Proton is a public listed company and during the change of ownership, Malaysian Law does not allow public listed companies to transfer funds within a two month period. But two months isn't a long time to tighten one's belt. It shouldn't be too much of a problem if DRB Hicom is really sincere about letting Lotus become successful again instead of taking advantage of the Proton purchase and breaking up and selling parts of the company.