The celebration was held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on 9 July 2010 and 2500 guests were invited including former pioneer staff of Proton. Malaysia Prime Minister YAB Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak was the guest of Honor. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Ali as well as most dignitaries attended the historic event.
One of the teacher bought the first Proton and drove it to school. We were in our class when the car entered the school compound. We, including the teacher ran to peeped through the classroom window. Every student went hysterical and were so excited to see that first car. We were screaming and jumping. Although we were young but we felt the pride of being a Malaysias and the sentiment of having a Malaysian car. I wanted one but was only 11 years old then....
Proton has had 7 Chairman since inception. The first was the late Tan Sri Jamil Mohd Jan (1983 to 1995). Second was the late Tan Sri Yahaya Ahmad (Nov 1995 to March 1997) then it was Tan Sri Mohd Salleh Sulong (March 1997 to Dec 2000). The fourth Chairman was Tan Sri Mohd Hassan Marican (Dec 2000 to March 2002). The fifth Chairman Datuk Abu Hassan Kendut (March 2002 to Feb 2005). The Sixth Chairman Dato Mohamed Azlan Hashim (Feb 2005 to 1 January 2009) and Sixth Chairman Dato Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh (1 January 2009 to present)
The first Managing Director, also known as the Era of Laying Foundation (Developing the learning curve) was Dato Wan Nik Wan Ismail (1983 to 1988)
The second Managing Director is known as the Era of Development (capacity Building), Kenji Iwabuchi (1988 to 1991). The third driver was Mitsuo Hattori whom was known as the Era of technology Upgrading.
Dato Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh whom was known as the Era of Marketing Improvement (July 1993 to 1996)
The fifth Managing Director was Tenku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff whose tenure was known as the Era of Self Developing Capabiities (Acquiring new technology) (April 1997 to September 2005)
Dato Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir tenure from 1 January 2006 till present is known as the the Era of Innovation, Quality Enhancement and Globalisation.
Proton Tiara was launched in 1996 and was the eighth model launched by Proton.
Ushering into the new millenium, Proton Waja the Ninth and the first truly Malaysian car was launched in May 2000. The launching of Proton Waja also marked the birth of Proton new Corporate logo- a stylish gold tiger head inspired by the two tigers that carry Malaysia's coat of arms.
The Tenth model, Proton Gen 2 was launched in February 2004. The Gen 2 was the first Proton model to use the new Proton/Lotus developed CamPro engine. Proton Savvy, the 11th Proton model that was launched in June 2005.
Proton launched its 12th model in December 2005, Proton Chancellor V6 2.0 that made a very positive impression on delegates of the 11th ASEAN Summit.
Proton Persona, the 13th model came on board on August 2007. Proton Persona is a manifestation of the changes and transformation that will steer PROTON moving forward. Since its launch, a total of 110,448 units of the Persona have already been registered up to February 2010. Currently, the model holds 35% local market share for cars in its class.
Proton gave birth to its 14th model and the first multi purpose vehicle (MPV) in the Proton stable - the Exora - was unveiled to the public in April 2009. The 7 seater Exora marks PROTON's entry into the MPV Market, which is growing domestically and regionally. The exora is a result of an investment of RM450million and 18 months of intense in-house research and development.
Proton Edar Dealers Association Malaysia (PEDA), now 11 years old was first founded by Lt Col (R) Abdullah Dolmat, a dealers in Shah Alam. Tuan Haji Wan Sepwan became the second President was a dealer in Old Klang Road and I was elected as the third President of PEDA.
Sharing light moment Armin Baniaz Pahamin (3rd President PEDA) Fathul Rahman (PEDA EXCO) and Lee Lick Sai (PEDA Vice-President)
The book records PROTON 25 years of journey.