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Proton has been honoured with the prestigious Excellence Award – Industry at the ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix Awards 2024, recognising the company’s relentless commitment to advancing vehicle safety and improving safety features across its entire model lineup. This accolade marks Proton as the first Malaysian brand to achieve this honour, reflecting its consistent prioritisation of safety in all its models over the years.

Proton’s newest models, the Proton S70 and Proton X90, are equipped with advanced features like the Fatigue Driving Reminder System (FDRS), aimed at reducing driver fatigue and enhancing safety.

Proton’s 5-Star Rated Models

Proton’s best-selling SUVs, the Proton X50 and Proton X70, have both achieved 5-star safety ratings. The 2024 Proton X50, for instance, is equipped with six SRS airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), level two Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), showcasing the company’s commitment to integrating advanced safety technologies.


Careless and reckless attitudes among express bus drivers are putting passengers’ safety at risk, particularly during festive seasons, according to Stien Van Lutam, the director of the Kedah Road Transport Department (RTD).

According to NST, during an undercover operation conducted by the RTD yesterday, two express bus drivers were caught violating regulations, including using mobile phones while driving. One of the drivers, a 61-year-old, was transporting 30 passengers from Alor Star to Kuala Lumpur.

“The driver was caught using his mobile phone near Taman Wira in Mergong, Alor Star, at 8:45 AM,” Van Lutam reported. “Later, at 9:06 AM, he pulled over at an undesignated location to pick up parcels and passengers at Km43.6 of the North-South Expressway (Plus).”

The driver received two compounds issued by an undercover RTD enforcement officer as part of the Hari Raya Aidiladha Operation 2024. For using his mobile phone, he was fined RM300, and for stopping at an undesignated location, he received an RM150 fine.

Van Lutam highlighted the worrying trend of express bus drivers exhibiting careless and reckless behaviour, which poses a significant risk to passenger safety. “Whenever drivers fail to show competency, they put passengers at risk of accidents, including potentially fatal ones,” he said.

In response to these issues, the RTD is conducting proactive inspections at two main express bus terminals during the Hari Raya Aidiladha festive season to enhance the safety, quality, and reliability of express buses.

Plans for a new SMART Tunnel traversing Sections 51 and 51A, Federal Highway Route 2, and the New Pantai Expressway (NPE) have been announced, with an estimated cost of RM350 million. This ambitious project aims to mitigate flood risks and reduce surface-level traffic congestion in Petaling Jaya.

Wan Agyl, the former head of policy and planning at the now-defunct Land Public Transport Commission, highlighted the effectiveness of the SMART Tunnel’s flood mitigation system, which diverts stormwater into designated channels and reservoirs. This system has successfully reduced flooding in key areas of Kuala Lumpur and is expected to do the same for Petaling Jaya.

“The SMART Tunnel’s design has proven effective in Kuala Lumpur, where it has successfully reduced flooding in key areas,” Wan Agyl said, according to FMT.


The implementation of the Subsidised Diesel Control System (SKDS) programme has received positive feedback from school and express bus operators in Malaysia, who credit the fleet card for helping them maintain current fare levels without imposing additional costs on users.

Benefits of SKDS Programme

According to FMT, Amali Munif Rahmat, President of the Federation of School Bus Associations Malaysia, emphasised that the SKDS programme’s monthly diesel quota of 1,800 litres at RM1.88 per litre has effectively managed operational costs for school bus operators. This subsidy has enabled them to stabilise fares for the time being, alleviating financial strain amidst the recent diesel price hike to RM3.35 per litre in the peninsula.

“We will not increase fares at this time but will maintain the current rates,” Amali assured, highlighting the adequacy of the quota for sustaining their operations. He also mentioned that additional quotas could be requested if needed, demonstrating flexibility in response to future operational demands.


Proton attracted some brick bats during the introduction of the name of the company’s upcoming electric car, the eMAS.

That came after a slide mistakenly showed Sarawak as Sabah, and Sabah as Sarawak, The obvious error was projected onto a screen in front of a crowd of hundreds and some attendees were quick to capture photos and critise that error on social media.

Photo sourced from Facebook.

Proton responded to that error this morning by issuing the following statement:

PROTON acknowledges an error in a presentation mislabelling the states of Sabah and Sarawak.

We deeply regret this mistake and understand the sensitivities it has stirred among our fellow Malaysians.

PROTON holds the unity and diversity of Malaysia in the highest regard, and we are committed to respecting and celebrating all states equally.

We sincerely apologise for any misunderstanding caused and appreciate any feedback from the public.

We will ensure greater care in our future endeavours. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

We commend Proton on their quick response.

After years of discussions and months of talk, Proton has finally revealed the name of its upcoming electric vehicle, and it is to be called the e:MAS. (more…)

Peugeot Malaysia has introduced an upgraded warranty package for all new Peugeot models, effective immediately. Customers purchasing new Peugeot models will now benefit from a comprehensive 5-year warranty or 150,000km coverage, whichever comes first.

Details of the New Warranty Package:

  • Standard Coverage: The new 5-year warranty includes a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty plus an additional 2-year extended warranty. This extended warranty is designed to match the terms of the manufacturer’s warranty, providing consistent and comprehensive coverage for all new passenger vehicles.
  • Extended Warranty Option: Customers can further extend the warranty to 7 years or 200,000km. This optional 2-year extension offers an additional layer of protection. It can be purchased within the first 90 days at a promotional price or up to 90 days before the initial warranty ends at the regular price.


Eligible participants of the second phase of the Subsidised Diesel Control System (SKDS 2.0) who have not received their fleet cards can apply for reimbursements starting July 1, according to FMT. The Finance Ministry has announced that these applications must be submitted via the Budi Madani portal, with applicants required to keep their receipts for audit purposes.

Registration Deadline and Application Process

To qualify for reimbursements, applicants must be registered under SKDS 2.0 by June 30 at the latest. The Finance Ministry has urged companies already registered under the system to apply for their fleet cards as soon as possible through the provided portal.

Temporary Measure for Smooth Transition

Second Finance Minister Amir Hamzah Azizan emphasised that the government is closely monitoring the implementation of the targeted diesel subsidy system to ensure a smooth transition. “These reimbursements are a temporary measure to help logistics service providers so that they are not affected by the change in diesel prices,” he stated.


Saibullah Zaid Abdul Halim, a 46-year-old assistant enforcement officer at the Penang Road Transport Department (JPJ), has found himself entangled in legal proceedings following allegations of corruption as reported by The Star. The charges against Saibullah, who resides in Sungai Jawi, Penang, were brought forth before Sessions Court judge Datuk Ibrahim Osman today, where he entered a plea of not guilty.

Accusations suggest that Saibullah accepted bribes totalling RM3,300, as per charges filed under Section 165 of the Penal Code. These alleged bribes were purportedly received from Badrul Hisyam Hamid, a director at a transportation company, via bank transfers from an account belonging to Fatimah Abdullah into the account of Saibullah’s wife, Hazirah Ismail. The transactions in question reportedly occurred between October 4, 2017, and March 29, 2018.


In a move to upgrade its fleet, Malaysia Airlines is introducing the new Airbus A330neo, which will boast enhanced cabins for both business and economy classes.

Overview of the Airbus A330neo

Set to replace the A330-200 and A330-300 models, the next-generation Airbus A330neo will soon join Malaysia Airlines’ lineup. The airline has ordered 20 A330neo (A330-900) aircraft, with three expected to enter service within the year. This aircraft recently won a bronze award for Cabin Concept of the Year 2024 at the World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo in Hamburg, Germany.

Economy Class Upgrades

Passengers in economy class will enjoy significant improvements, including 13.3-inch 4K in-flight entertainment screens, upgrading from the 11-inch 1080p screens on the A350-900. The seats, crafted by Recaro, provide ergonomic support, coat hooks, cup holders, and ample storage space. The cabin will feature 269 seats, with 24 offering extra legroom, arranged in a 2-4-2 layout.



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