Anyone can win, even AirAsia CEO


By JO TEH

Newsdesk@thestar.com.my 

HIGH-FLYER Datuk Tony Fernandes has scaled great heights in his career in the music industry and in the airline business, and recently he became a winner again. 

His name was drawn as one of the weekly winners in a Dream Deposits campaign organised by major banking group Bumiputra-Commerce Bank. 

The AirAsia CEO was to have collected his prize – a 42-inch plasma TV – at the prize giving ceremony held at the BCB headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, but could not make it.  

“He called to say he could not make it due to unforeseen circumstances and is currently in London,” said BCB executive director Tunku Ahmad Burhanuddin. 

Recalling that one of the past winners was a part-time tailor from Tawau who “earns very little, but has an account with us,” Tunku Ahmad said it showed that the contest held true to its tagline, “Anyone can win.” 

Yeong (left) with her new 42-inch plasma TV and Saliha with a mock savings pass book.

“Anyone who deposits a minimum of RM500 into their savings, current or fixed deposit account stands a chance to win the weekly prize and be in the running for the grand prize of a brand new Mercedes E200K,” he added. 

The week's winner was Lee Kin Shin, who was represented by his wife, Shindy Yeong, at the prize giving ceremony. 

“My husband told me that someone from BCB called on May 30 informing him about his win, but my husband thought it was a prank and did not take the information seriously.  

“The BCB representative then called again and asked my husband two questions which he answered correctly,” said Yeong. 

“After that, he was told he had won a plasma TV and to come for the prize giving ceremony. We were shocked, but very happy,” she added. 

“We currently have a 29-inch television set at home and were planning to buy a plasma to watch the World Cup.  

“I guess now we will not have to anymore,” said the overjoyed director of a consultancy firm. 

In conjunction with the 13-week contest that started on April 24, private radio station mix fm also had a competition on the sideline, called BCB Dream Deposits Wrong Answer, which ended on June 2.  

The contest was held to create awareness among the public about the BCB Dream Deposits campaign and listeners had to provide wrong answers to four easy questions. 

Lucky listener Saliha Ismail walked away with RM1,5000 as savings deposit and is now a new account holder of BCB. 

“I had really easy questions but it was a mind game as I was supposed to provide wrong answers in 20 seconds,” she said. 

The campaign will end on July 31 and all 13 weekly winners will automatically be in the running for the grand prize. The results will be known in mid-August.  

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