8 July 2022. PCM Gala Dinner.
Good evening Her Royal Highness Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Puteri Seri Lela Manja, Tengku Dato’ Sri Hajjah Nong Fatimah binti Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, Dato Sri-Dato Sri, Datin Sri-Datin Sri, Dato-Dato, Datin-Datin, Member of the Press, Ladies & Gentlemen.
As the President of Porsche Club Malaysia, I am proud to be here, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, to welcome you to our Gala Ball, the largest Porsche celebration in Asia Pacific, in conjunction with the global 70th Anniversary of Porsche Clubs world wide.
I am also honoured to welcome distinguished guests from Porsche Malaysia, fellow members of Porsche Clubs from Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore. Your presence has made this celebration even more colourful and memorable.
Globally there are more than over 240,000 club members in 86 countries. The 1st Porsche Club in the world known as Porsche Club Westfallen was established in 1952, hence this 70th anniversary. Our very own Porsche Club Malaysia, affectionately known as PCM became the 170th licensed club in the world in 1998.
Prior to the interruption of Covid pandemic, PCM was rolling out more than 50 activities annually, ranging from weekend drives hunting for selective coffees and foods, to longer distance convoy drives covering hundreds, sometimes beyond thousands km, to massive parade drive. We also have hosted race track events, sports tournaments like golf and badminton as well as social and entertainment events. Among them was the 2,200 km DOTY i.e. Drive Of The Year, covering all 11 states in this pan peninsular adventure. PCM and Porsche Malaysia are also the proud Malaysia record holder of staging 320 Porsche parade.
Being a caring club, PCM has carried out CSR programs on regular basis.Our recent one was free foods distribution to the needy communities affected by MCO during the prolonged lockdown. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members that have supported this cause.
Every Porsche Club offer a unique programme and experiences to its members. Together with Porsche Malaysia, the new PCM office is now available at the Porsche Centre Sungai Besi that acts not just as an office to the club, but an ideal facility for the Porsche fraternity get-together be it meeting, work space or just to have one the best coffee in town with some friends.
As some of you may already know. The all-electric Porsche Taycan is the leading sports car model in the EV segment especially here in Malaysia. It attracts not only the existing Porsche owners but also many new brand upgraders. It drives like a Porsche, smells like a Porsche and behaves like a Porsche, carrying the same Porsche DNA even on the electric vehicle.
Porsche Club Malaysia is excited to form a new EV chapter within its club to extend the Porsche community to EV owners, with more special EV centric activities tailored for this segment.
In the coming months, we will also roll out various activities exclusively for Taycan EVs, which includes a 3 days 2 nights holiday drive in Q4 2022. An exclusive EV MINI DOTY i.e. EV MINI Drive Of The Year is also on our drawing board for near future.
Starting from today, new customers of Sime Darby Auto Performance will get to be part of the Porsche Club community through the complimentary 3 months Trial Membership. You get to joined petrol and EV heads to exchange knowledges and fostering great friendship through series of club activities available for you. You just need to register your interest with our Mr CJ, PCM Admin to activate your trial period. Please reach out to him should you wish to enquire further.
In addition to the new PCM-EV chapter, I am happy to announce that all PCM members will now get to enjoy the new 30% discount when you purchase the official Porsche Lifestyle merchandises within the Porsche Centre here in Malaysia. To enjoy this, you just need to present your PCM membership card to be entitled for the exclusive discount.
Over the years in our push for adding further values for the PCM members, we have seen many supports from Porsche Malaysia. May I take this opportunity to say thank you to Porsche Malaysia, especially Chris Hunter, the CEO of Sime Darby Auto Performance, Christiaan Knaap and the team.
It is impossible to have a Gala Ball of this magnitude without the generosity of our supportive partners and sponsors. On behalf of PCM, a big thank you to our regular and long term partners Sime Darby Auto Performance Sdn Bhd, affectionately known as Porsche Malaysia, Mr Abrar Anwar, MD of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Huawei,The Roof Realty, Petron, Tag Huer, Hugo Boss, Porsche Design Sunglasses, Amee Philips.
Our gratitude also go to the following partners for coming on board generously: Pernod Ricard Malaysia, Yakin Bhd, Xpel, Penfolds, Fire Fighter, Skendor, Alqvima, Eco City, EQ Hotel and Mandarin Oriental Hotel
We are not only being thankful but proud too to be associated with industry leaders like you all. We truly appreciate your supports from the bottom of our hearts.
While many may say behind every successful man, there is a great woman, but I would testify that behind every successful event of this magnitude, there stand a dedicated working committee. They are the unsung heros behind the scene for working tirelessly to ensure the success of a gala ball like this one. For that may I recognise and say thank you on behalf of all PCM members to Munas, Chace and CJ , OC for this gala dinner, exco members for their efforts in securing sponsorship and countless sacrifices, Datuk Seri Tai for his impeccable corporate standing to help secure Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia as one of our major partners for 2022 to 2023.
Also a special appreciation to my beloved wife, Dr Caryn Fung, for patiently putting up with me in the last few months given my excessive preoccupation with the planning and organising works for this Gala Ball
Lastly I would like to request all the members and guest to share their passion and love for the Porsche Club Malaysia by liking our Facebook page at “Porsche Club Malaysia”, also please do share your lovely photos and tag us where everyone get to enjoy this memorable event.
Thank you and have a great evening.
Dato Derrick Lim