KUALA LUMPUR – Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) Group Chairman, Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, has the distinction of being the first customer to receive the all-new Perodua Myvi, which had set prospective buyers abuzz due to its impressive features and affordability.
The car was delivered to him on Friday, the day after Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) launched the compact car.
In a written interview with Bernama, Abdul Wahid explained what had triggered his interest in the new Myvi.
The following are excerpts from interview:
QUESTION: You could have bought a much more expensive car. What made you decide to get the new Myvi and which variant did you choose?
ABDUL WAHID: I already have a premium car and a Proton Perdana for official use. We were looking for a utility car for the family and learnt of the all-new Perodua Myvi.
So I immediately contacted Perodua President/Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Dr Aminar Rashid Salleh, and made the first booking. We bought the 1.5 Advance variant.
Question: What was it about the car that had attracted your attention?
Abdul Wahid: Myvi already has a reputation as a reliable car. So when I was told that the new Myvi would be even better designed with advanced features normally associated with a premium car, I did not hesitate to buy.
The 5-star safety rating by New Car Assessment Programme for Southeast Asian Countries was a major factor too.
Question: Who is going to use the new car?
Abdul Wahid: Primarily my wife, but I am also looking forward to driving it in our Cyberjaya and Putrajaya neighbourhood during weekends.
Question: What colour did you choose?
Abdul Wahid: Granite grey. It was the closest we could get to black, my favourite colour.
Question: When did you book the Myvi and when did you take possession of it?
Abdul Wahid: I made the booking the minute I was told they were launching the new Myvi. The car was delivered to me at Sime Darby Property Bhd office in Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor on Friday morning (Nov 17).
Question: The stylised plate number ‘WA4ID’ sort of spelled your name. Was this the first time that you had it this way?
Abdul Wahid: I tendered for the WA41D number much earlier but waited for the right car to put the number on. I am glad I found it in a Perodua, the national car.
Question: What was your assessment and verdict after driving the vehicle?
Abdul Wahid: It felt good for a small car. It is a nice looking car with a smooth drive. Very nimble.
Question: Are you satisfied with the quality of the car? Does it get a thumbs-up from you?
Abdul Wahid: Yes, thumbs-up indeed. A big one for a car built in Serendah, Selangor and powered by engines manufactured in Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan.
Question: Can you comment on Perodua’s performance in general and share your hope for the company?
Abdul Wahid: It is amazing to see Perodua rising to become Malaysia’s number one carmaker and staying in that pole position over the years.
Credit must go to the Malaysian team, which was strongly supported by the Japanese shareholders Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd, Toyota Motor Corp and Mitsui & Co Ltd.
Since Perodua is a direct investee company of PNB and via UMW Holdings, Malaysians can be proud of their achievements. We hope Perodua would continue to lead in developing new cars for the Malaysian market as well as expanding its export market. – BERNAMA