09 Oct 2023

  • Seven engines presented by MOSTI Minister to empower technical education
  • Three brothers from SMK Proton City also rewarded for winning gold at ITEX23


Tanjong Malim, 9 October 2023 – National carmaker PROTON has handed over seven units of its locally assembled 1.5 TGDi engine to educational institutions in Perak to empower technical programmes in the state. The engines were presented by YB Chang Lih Kang, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, and Member of Parliament for Tanjong Malim, at a ceremony held during the PROTON Growing Together Fun Ride, a 30km cycling event held in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the company that attracted over five hundred participants.

Recipients of the engines were Politeknik Sultan Azlan Shah, Behrang, Kolej Vokasional Slim River, Giat Mara Tanjong Malim and Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim. PROTON’s award winning 1.5 TGDi engine is assembled on a climate-controlled production line at the company’s Tanjong Malim plant and is renowned for its advanced technology and performance. They will provide 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.

Aside from the engine handover ceremony, PROTON also presented three brothers with a contribution of RM3,000 for winning their outstanding efforts at the International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX23). Shameer Pandurar, 16, Shaheer Pandurar, 14, and Shazlan Pandurar, 13, are all students of SMK Proton City and together they won a gold medal for the World Young Inventions Exhibition (WYIE) and were named Best Young Inventors for the Malaysian Young Inventions Exhibition (MYIE).

“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 Chunrong.