Five charity homes in Kuching received RM4,300 “ang pow” each from Perodua in conjunction with the “Konvoi Mesra Perodua ALZA Borneo 2010” in Sarawak here today. The 5 charity homes were Rumah dan Asrama Kanak-Kanak Bala Tentera, Pertubuhan Orang Cacat Penglihatan Malaysia Cawangan Sarawak, Persatuan Bagi Kanak-kanak Terencat Akal Sarawak (PERKATA), Pertubuhan Ibubapa Kanak-Kanak Keperluan Istimewa Sarawak (PIBAKAT) and Sarawak Children Cancer Society.

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Sarawak Minister of Social Development and Urbanisation Dato’ Sri William Mawan Ikom presented the cheques to representatives of the charity organisations at the Perodua Sales Sdn Bhd flagship branch.

At the same ceremony, Dato’ Sri William Mawan also presented RM100 cash and school bag as well as stationeries to each of the selected 20 needy students from Sekolah Kebangsaan Laksamana in Kuching.

“For the Chinese New Year season, Perodua we would like to spread the festive joy with the children of these homes,” En Aminar Rashid said at the handover ceremony. Also present was Perodua Manufacturing Sdn Bhd managing director Mr Osamu Oaki.

En Aminar also thanked Perodua’s dealers in Sarawak namely Erazoom Sdn Bhd, Gamma Automobile Sdn Bhd, Zahna Auto Sdn Bhd, SDH Auto Sdn Bhd and Vendoria Sdn Bhd for their contributions to the charity organisations.

Dato’ Sri William Mawan later flagged off the “Konvoi Mesra Perodua ALZA Borneo 2010” which headed to a shopping mall in Kuching.

The convoy of 9 vehicles including 5 units of the multipurpose vehicle (MPV) Perodua ALZA had earlier departed from Miri on 3 Feb. The convoy made stops at hotspots in Miri (3 Feb), Bintulu (4 Feb) and Sibu (5 Feb) before arriving in Kuching yesterday.

The “5+2 seater” Perodua ALZA which was launched on 23 Nov last year has been well received by Malaysians, with some 20,000 bookings and a waiting list of between 3 and 3.5 months. Of the total, 10% of these bookings were from Sabah and Sarawak.

“We will be ramping up production of the ALZA to reduce the waiting period,” En Aminar Rashid said.

A similar “Konvoi Mesra Perodua ALZA Borneo 2010” in Sabah was also launched from Tawau to Kota Kinabalu from 3-7 Feb.

“These simultaneous convoys allow us to showcase Perodua’s latest model, the Perodua ALZA, not only to those living in the urban areas but also those in smaller towns and interiors when the convoys pass by,” Encik Aminar Rashid explained.

He said Perodua welcomed the Federal Government allocation of RM1.2 billion to improve the infrastructure in Sabah and Sarawak under the stimulus packages announced last year in addition to the funds allocated by these states for the same purpose. This will improve the economy of both Sabah and Sarawak, he added.

“We see a lot of potential for the Perodua ALZA in Sabah and Sarawak as we believe many of our existing customers in both states want to upgrade to a bigger car as their income and family size grows,” he said.

“I am happy with the tremendous response from the public where ever the convoys stopped. There were lots of enquiries especially about the Perodua ALZA,” he added.