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Nothing like making a little one’s dream come true. For Danish Rizqin Rosli, this was visiting the Proton factory in Shah Alam. The six-year old, who is recovering from cancer, was given a tour of the automaker’s facilities and witnessed first-hand how the national cars are fabricated at the plant.

The event was initiated by Proton – as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) work – in collaboration with Make-A-Wish Malaysia to make Rizqin’s dream come through. The only child of Rosli Ahmad and Hazamaratul Damrah Shariat was diagnosed with a form of cancer called Medulloblastoma earlier this year, and in March underwent surgery at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (PPUKM) to remove a tumour in the lower part of his head.

Rizqin was clearly excited by the opportunity to visit the assembly plant as well as the carmaker’s R&D facilities. According to his parents, the young lad has a deep interest in the automotive world and not only recognises all the models made by Proton (including those that have already been discontinued from the market) but also technical elements as well as the technology used by the company.

His mother said that Rizqin has been interested in cars since he was two years old. “His father always brought home automotive magazines, and it was from these that his love of cars developed. Even today, if you mention a particular car model, he will know. He has also become adept at using the Internet to find information about cars through Google,” Hazamaratul explained.

With the help of Proton’s chief designer Azlan Othman, Rizqin showed his skills in drawing a car model himself, using the sketch pad technology utilised by the automaker’s designers at its R&D division.

Later, Proton’s chief technical officer Abdul Rashid Musa gave Rizqin an explanation of the engine technology used by the company, and the young boy was given rides in the 2016 Proton Persona and Lotus Evora 400 on the automaker’s test track. Also present at the day’s proceedings were Proton CEO Datuk Ahmad Fuaad Kenali and his deputy, Datuk Radzaif Mohamed.

Rizqin was enthralled by the whole experience. When asked on how he felt after being given a golden opportunity like this, he said tearfully, “I’m very touched. Thank you, Proton.” Before he left for the day, Proton and Make-A-Wish Malaysia also helped Rizqin – who turned six over the weekend – celebrate his birthday. We at paultan.org would like to wish Rizqin “Happy Birthday” and a speedy recovery!