SHAH ALAM: The Malaysian SEA Games Organising Committee (Masoc) received the first batch of official cars for the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games (KL2017) here.
Naza Corporation Holdings delivered 18 cars - Peugeot 408, 508 and Traveller models, complete with KL2017 branding - to Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin at a ceremony here Thursday.
Khairy, who is also Masoc chairman, received the cars from Naza Group of Companies executive chairman and CEO SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin.
"It is an honour for Naza to be part of this spectacle.
"We hope that the cars would deliver prestige, quality and spectacular driving and passenger experience for all at the KL2017," said Nasarudin at the ceremony in Glenmarie here Thursday.
Naza is the platinum sponsor and has committed 298 vehicles for the games.
The fleet of vehicles will be used to ferry state leaders, ministers, chefs de mission, officials, athletes and volunteers during the games that will be hosted in Kuala Lumpur in August and September.
The remaining 280 vehicles would be handed over to Masoc at a later date.
In his speech, Khairy said Naza was one of the earliest to come forward and sign up as a platinum sponsor.
He also called on Masoc and its 17 sub-committees to be alert and efficient to ensure no error occurs throughout the games.
"It has been 16 years since we last hosted the largest sporting event in South-East Asia. A lot has changed and new challenges await as we are hosting the games in this digital era.
"We must constantly be on our toes and on top of things to ensure that everything runs like clockwork.
"We must make sure everything runs efficiently, especially the games venues, transportation and accommodation, as Masoc is aiming for a zero-error KL2017," he said, adding that it was possible despite being a tall order.
Khairy later signed on the pledge car in support of a Peugeot campaign to unify Malaysians to root for the national athletes who will be competing in the games.
Also present at the ceremony were Masoc secretariat CEO Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong, Naza World Group of Companies executive chairman and CEO Datuk Wira SM Faisal SM Nasimuddin, Naza TTDI Group deputy executive chairman and managing director SM Faliq SM Nasimuddin and Naza Corporation Holdings Automotive Group chief operating officer Datuk Samson Anand George.
Meanwhile, Peugeot and Naza are giving out 100 free tickets to 50 lucky winners to witness the games' opening ceremony.
To win the tickets, members of the public only need to take a picture with the pledge car, write a caption or message and post it on social media with the #PeugeotMalaysia, #DrivingChampions and #nazacorp hashtags.