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M'sian carmaker Perodua plans to develop homes for employees
Publication Date : 26-09-2012
Malaysian automobile manufacturer Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) is looking to tie up with a property developer that can develop affordable homes for at least half of the employees at its plant and headquarters in Rawang in Selangor state.
Managing director Aminar Rashid Salleh said the company employed around 7,000 people in Rawang currently.
“Around 45 per cent to 50 per cent of the people working at our headquarters and plant in Rawang already have their own homes.
“We want to help cater to the remaining 50 per cent of our employees in light of the rising cost of living,” he said at a briefing.
Asked if Perodua plans to build low-cost houses, Aminar said: “I won't say low-cost, but they will be affordable. We want to build the houses as close to our plant as possible.
“We want to come up with something that can meet their (the employees') budgets.”
He said Perodua had not approached any developers yet, adding that the plan was still in its “preliminary stages.”
“Of course, for a developer to come in and do it, it must make commercial sense,” said Aminar.
He also said Perodua planned to build a mosque to cater to its employees there.
Aminar said Perodua's Muslim employees prayed at different mosques within the area, adding that having a nearby, centrally-located mosque would benefit its workers.
“We have appointed an architect for the mosque,” he said.
On another note, Aminar said Perodua was looking at the possibility of developing the upper body of its car models.
He said initiatives were already under way and that Perodua was “almost there”.
“Part of our five-year roadmap and research and development (R&D) initiatives is to be able to develop our own upper body. We've started, at around 80 per cent to 90 per cent (progress). God-willing, in one or two years, we will get there.”
In line with this and the upcoming budget presentation on Friday, Aminar said he was hopeful that the government would continue with its R&D provisions for Perodua.
“We've been getting a lot of support from the government, especially in R&D (and hope) this is retained.”