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Politeknik Ungku Omar (PUO) was crowned overall champion at the Perodua Eco Challenge 2013, which happened last weekend at the Shah Alam go-kart circuit. The Ipoh institution, winners in 2011 and 2012, scored the most points out of the nine categories contested in the annual competition.

The polytechnic’s redesigned Myvi managed to travel a distance of 52.38 km on 2.5 litres of Petronas Primax 95 fuel (20.95 km/l). They also came up tops in the “Best Presenter” and “Styling” challenges.

“We congratulate PUO for their impressive performance today and to all the institutions of higher learning that participated in our biggest corporate responsibility programme,” Perodua president and CEO, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said.

Launched in 2009, the Perodua Eco-Challenge was introduced with the aim of exposing students from local institutions of higher learning to a real-world working environment. In this edition, a total of nine institutions were selected to redesign a Perodua Myvi within a six-month timeframe.

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They are PUO, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UNIMAP) and Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTEM).

The categories contested in this year’s PEC were “Longest Distance”, “Time Attack”, “Marketing Challenge”, “Overall Winner”, “Best Booth” and new categories such as “Styling”, “Best TVC” and “Best Presenter”. Two categories – “Best Booth” and the “Best TV Commercial Award” – went to UNITEN. Congrats to all winners!

Perodua spent a total of RM131,200 in prizes for PEC 2013, which is endorsed and supported by the Ministry of Education. Overall, Perodua has used some RM6 million for the programme since 2009, making PEC its largest annual corporate responsibility activity.