Thanks to Proton, four educational institutions in Perak now have brand new engines to help their students develop their automotive skills. Seven engines from the Malaysian carmaker were received on behalf of the educational institutions by Chang Lih Kang, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, and Member of Parliament for Tanjong Malim.
The presentation took place during the Proton Growing Together Fun Ride, a 30-km cycling event held in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the company and attracted over 500 participants.
The recipients of the engines are Politeknik Sultan Azlan Shah, Behrang, Kolej Vokasional Slim River, Giat Mara Tanjong Malim and Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim. All four are in the area surrounding the Proton manufacturing complex at Tanjong Malim.
The engines are the Proton 1.5 TGDi petrol engine (used in the X90, X70 and X50) and assembled at its own factory since July last year. They will be useful in providing students with first-hand training and build knowledge in engine servicing and development, helping align their skills with industry demands.
“PROTON has been producing vehicles in Tanjung Malim for 20 years and we are always looking for opportunities to support local educational institutions to further develop their automotive knowledge and skills. We hope the engines presented today will help advance the training programmes at the institutions and help train future talents for Malaysia’s automotive industry,” said Dr Li Chunrong, Chief Executive Officer of Proton.
Besides the donation of engines, Proton also presented three brothers with a contribution of RM3,000 for winning their outstanding efforts at the International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition. Shameer Pandurar, 16, Shaheer Pandurar, 14, and Shazlan Pandurar, 13, who are students of SMK Proton City, together they won a gold medal for the World Young Inventions Exhibition) and were named Best Young Inventors for the Malaysian Young Inventions Exhibition.
“Proton’s cash contribution to the three brothers is a reward for their efforts and recognition that talented young minds can be found right here in Tanjong Malim. Just like their parents, we are also proud of their achievement and hope this is a first step to doing more great things in the future,” added Dr Li.