Official statement by Perodua President & CEO regarding allegations by blogger Wolf Vaupel
Here’s an official statement by Perodua’s president and CEO, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh, on the matter.
First and foremost, we wish to ensure our customers that our products and services are offered with safety-first in mind which strictly adhere to domestic safety standards set by the Malaysian government via its Ministry and various agencies. In fact, even the first generation Myvi (circa 2005-2011) is Euro 4 certified as Perodua exported to the United Kingdom previously. We have since improved on those safety features for our customers.
That being said, it has come to our attention that a blogger by the name of Wolf Vaupel has accused the Perodua Myvi and Alza of posing high safety risk to our customers.
In his blog posting 10th March 2015, Mr Vaupel claimed that the self-illuminating instrument cluster featured in both the Myvi and the Alza as “deadly”. According to Mr Vaupel’s logic, the self-illuminating instrument panel confuses drivers into thinking that the headlights are on.
We wish to clarify, that based on inquiries made to both the authorities and insurance companies showed that there is no such linkage concerning self-illuminating instrument cluster and road collisions at night. In addition, the self-illuminating instrument cluster is featured on other international brands and we are perplexed on why Mr Vaupel’s attacks are only directed to Perodua.
He further claims that the self-illuminating feature is against international regulations but fails to provide any evidence to his statements. We also wish to clarify, contrary to Mr Vaupel’s claim, that we have replied to his earlier inquiry about the matter.
Being a responsible organisation, we welcome our customers to share their views and grievances with us, will not tolerate unfounded allegations and we will take necessary action to protect our rights.