The buses will benefit colleges under the Ministry of Health’s Training Management Division
Sungai Buloh, 14 April 2016 – Delivery of the last five units from a total of 32 UD buses purchased by the Ministry of Health (MOH) were officially completed with a handover ceremony held recently at Kolej Sains Kesihatan Bersekutu (KSKB) in Sungai Buloh.
Tan Chong Industrial Equipment Sdn Bhd (TCIE) has enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with the MOH, having previously provided 21 units of the 25-seater NU41BT buses for use by colleges under the authority of the ministry’s Training Management Division (TMD). The UD buses were chosen for its ultimate dependability as well as its specifications, which includes a ‘green’ engine that meets the Euro 2 emissions standard, offered at a reasonable price.
Secretary for the TMD, Ellam Endin Nom received the handover key and accepted the five buses on behalf of the ministry from Deputy General Manager for Nationwide Sales of TCIE, Lum Chee Leong, accompanied by Senior Manager for Central Region Sales of TC Trucks Sales Sdn Bhd (TCTS), Ivan Cheng Heng Nam, and Deputy Director for KSKB, Tee Eng Ong.
Speaking to an audience of 70 guests from the division, Lum said, “We would like to thank the Malaysian Ministry of Health for the purchase of 32 units of UD Buses’ NU41BT model. The buses were provided in three batches: the first batch consisted of 15 units and the second batch consisted of six units.
“We are delighted to have been entrusted by the Malaysian Ministry of Health to provide 11 buses this time around, whereby six units will be delivered to Sabah and Sarawak. Although the short delivery schedule was a huge challenge for Tan Chong, we have successfully fulfilled the agreed delivery schedule with the help of all parties involved.”
Colleges under the authority of the TMD regularly transport trainees to and from many of the division’s practical training centres nationwide.
“We are very fortunate to have made this purchase despite the government’s efforts in reducing spending as the ministry is heavily reliant on buses to transport its trainees. This is due to the fact that the existing fleet of buses are old and prone to breakdowns, and that its small size could not cater to the increase in trainees,” said Ellam, Secretary for the TMD.
Since the company first rolled onto Malaysian roads in 1978, UD Buses have become a leader in the bus manufacturing industry with 38 years of experience, renowned in the market as a Japanese brand that offers durability and dependability at affordable prices. On top its own service network, UD Buses are also supported by TCTS to maximise the buses’ performance.
“TCTS also offers a network of service centres and spare parts, including a 24-hour nationwide breakdown service. With the existing network, we can ensure the best after-sales support to all of the buses purchased by the ministry so that their operations are not disturbed,” said Lum.
UD Buses is currently distributed exclusively by TCIE, with more than 41,000 vehicles on Malaysian roads.