Thursday, November 26, 2009

Is the Perodua Alza Worth Buying?

Perodua Alza to be the top selling MPV?

Perodua is confident its newly launched Perodua Alza will be the top-selling multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) in 2010. Managing director Datuk Syed Abdull Hafiz Syed Abu Bakar said Perodua was targeting to sell between 3,500 and 4,000 units of the model per month, adding that it had already received 3,500 bookings for the Alza since Nov 13.

Here is what blogger and car reviewer Paul Tan has to say about the new Alza which derived its look from the Toyota Passo Sette.

"I have to say that with the Myvi, the Japanese Passo looked better, but with the Alza I feel our own Malaysian design team has trumped the Japanese guys. The Passo Sette had this slightly bulgy-eyed look while the Alza looks far more sleeker. I don’t see any reason why anyone would want to ‘convert’ their Alza back to a Passo Sette but then again design is a subjective personal thing.

With regards to the revviness, you really can’t run away from this kind of engine behaviour if you try to drive it like a sports car under heavy loads. The engine has no problems taking the car around gently. I really wouldn’t consider it a significant improvement over the Exora but I found throttle response to be zipper compared to the Campro CPS. Thankfully the sound insulation for the Alza preview drive units (and the Exora) are sufficient to supress any excessive vibrations. The Alza’s engine remained sounding refined up to the redline, despite the inconsistent power delivery issues."

Read Paul Tan's review

It’s price range from RM 55k to RM64k is cheaper than the Exora though technically it isn’t the cheapest in the market. Changan-Berjaya sells their Chana Era CM8 “van” at prices starting from under RM40k.

Scholarship Offer For Students

Scholarship offer for poor students

Koon Yew Yin, a retired Chartered Civil Engineer and one of the original founders of IJM Corporation Bhd, Gamuda Bhd and Mudajaya Group Bhd is offering scholarships to 50 poor students for the next academic year to study finance and accountancy in University TAR, Kampar, Perak.

Read his articles on why the present Malaysian government has got it all wrong in producing bumiputra contractors and preventing brain drain. The following articles are a must-read for all Malaysians.

Bumiputra contractors: A wasteful national mission

The Great Malaysian Brain Drain

As an entrepreneur, Mr Koon had always wanted to use minimum capital to produce maximum benefit.

Monday, November 02, 2009

BN has lost confidence of its own ministers

Najib's government suffers more setbacks as his ministers' credibility are questioned by his own men

Datuk Mohamad Aziz (BN-Sri Gading) says he will neither retract nor apologise for his criticisms on Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.

"I won’t take back what I said, I did not do anything wrong with my statement (in Parliament last week). People are asking me to ask for forgiveness? What, are Umno and Malays only qualified for apologising?" he told reporters in Parliament lobby today.

Last week, Mohamad urged Koh to resign and questioned his appointment as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department overseeing the Key Performance Index (KPI), alleging Koh had failed to perform.

"How can you take care of KPI when you yourself didn't show good KPI? Your subordinates will have no confidence in you. So, how can you be effective as the minister in charge?" he said.

Mohamad also accused Koh of being an "apple polisher" for turning up in Parliament only when the prime minister was around, besides being a Senator through the "back door" to be appointed as minister.

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