Welcome to our bi-weekly podcast where we aim to empower people to express themselves through speech! In each episode, we will seek to speak about ways to better verbalize ourselves and our stories. We will also have topical interview sessions with special guests and share select speaking tips, useful for the casual and competitive speaker.
Episode 4, Season 2
Vishal is a marketer, public relations practitioner, and photojournalist with a wealth of experience in the communications and automotive industry. Vishal talked about transitioning his careers from engineering to journalism to corporate relations, and how his passion for cars drove him. In this episode, we talked all about confidence, careers, communications, and CARS!
We also covered the following points during the episode:
The Malaysian automotive industry is the third-largest in Southeast Asia, and the 23rd largest in the world, with an annual production output of over 500,000 vehicles. The automotive industry contributes 4% or RM 40 billion to Malaysia’s GDP, and employs a workforce of over 700,000 throughout a nationwide ecosystem.
Malaysia is the only country in Southeast Asia that has two of its own large car brands, Proton and Perodua. Up until 2018, both local manufacturers have been struggling with decreasing sales but in 2019, they managed to increase their market share and ended the year on the first and second rank among the bestselling car brands in the country. This is mostly due to the successes of their flagship models, like the ProtonX70 where even now, you’d have to wait months to receive. I believe that Flux is also carrying the same model.
According to the ASEAN Statistics Division, Malaysia has the second-highest number of registered road motor vehicles per 1,000 population in 2017, which is 896.7, behind Brunei and above Thailand. This means, almost 9 out of every 10 Malaysians own a vehicle of some sort!