SUBANG JAYA —— PROTON Holdings Berhad (PROTON), announced that Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has agreed to become its Chairman effective 16 May 2014. Tun Dr. Mahathir will also be taking the role as the Chairman of Group Lotus plc (Lotus).
Tun Dr. Mahathir has been the Advisor of PROTON Group since late 2003 after stepping down as the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia. Tun Dr. Mahathir’s vision was not just to see the dream of a national car materialise but to also broaden the economic capacity of the country, in particular, on aspects such as acquiring automotive engineering knowledge and modern manufacturing methods – above all, making car ownership affordable to all Malaysians.
As the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir has been truly instrumental in the conception and progress of Malaysia’s automotive industry. It was his vision, ideas and leadership that has guided PROTON since its inception in 1983, and since then PROTON has spurred the local automotive manufacturing eco-system, with PROTON engineers now equipped with high levels of engineering skills to the extent that PROTON is able to design, build and manufacture cars from the ground up. Tun Dr. Mahathir is determined to see PROTON succeed and therefore it is most apropos and natural for Tun Dr. Mahathir to step in as PROTON’s Chairman to lead PROTON’s journey in its new chapter.
“We at DRB-HICOM are extremely humbled and honoured by the acceptance of Tun Dr. Mahathir, a man with profound experience and knowledge of the industry. He has accepted the position; willing to spend time and effort to take on the challenges and arduous tasks that PROTON faces,” said Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Haji Mohd Khamil Jamil, group managing director of DRB-HICOM.
“Tun Dr. Mahathir will now be able to dedicate more of his time at PROTON as Chairman, which will certainly continue to strengthen PROTON in its mission to become a globally recognised automotive player. We look forward to the invaluable leadership and guidance from Tun Dr. Mahathir,” added Dato’ Abdul Harith Abdullah, chief executive officer of PROTON.
Tun Dr. Mahathir’s appointment will see PROTON’s current Executive Chairman, YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Mohd Khamil Jamil step down as the Executive Chairman of PROTON and remain as a member of the Board of Directors of PROTON Holdings Berhad. BIN
PROTON, established in 1983, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DRB-HICOM Berhad and Malaysia’s largest manufacturer of automobiles, and the only full-fledged OEM car manufacturer in South-East Asia. With operations from the UK to the Middle East, and across South-East Asia and Australasia, PROTON produces cars to suit a range of consumer demands and preferences.
Its offerings include versatile and reliable four-door family vehicles such as the Saga and Persona, the dynamic Suprima S hatchback, and Satria Neo three-door hatchback for the young-at-heart, stylish executive sedans such as the Prevé and Inspira, the spacious and affordable multi-purpose vehicle, the Exora, as well as world-renowned sports cars from LOTUS. Most importantly, PROTON models are developed with LOTUS Engineering, offering customers superior ride and handling experience in every drive.
PROTON’s inception as a key driver of national development has seen the brand accelerate its learning curve through technology transfer with strategic partnerships and technical collaborations. By listening to the needs of customers, PROTON cars are now steadily on track to achieve the mission for the future, with PROTON set to become a marque which builds quality and safe cars with passion and soul; cars that are a delight to drive – and a pleasure to own.