Sime Darby keeps mum on govt fleet

by RAHIMI YUNUS

SIME Darby Bhd remains tightlipped about the prospect of supplying and managing the government’s fleet, but said the company is ready to serve any customers with such a requirement.

Sime Darby Motors Sdn Bhd (SDM) MD for Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan Dennis Ho said the company is not in a position to divulge any information of the vehicle supply contract, though it is prepared to cater for much bigger fleet size.

As it is, Ho declined to confirm or deny whether the company had submitted a bid for the multimillion contract.

“We are not at liberty to share any information. We have the people and the system in place and have planned for the next stage of growth. We are always hopeful for new business that comes in.

“We will be able to play a big role to help grow the business,” Ho said at the Hertz Asia Business Excellence Award ceremony for Sime Darby Rent A Car Sdn Bhd (SDRAC) in Penang last Friday.

It has been reported that Sime Darby are among players keen to provide the vehicle and fleet management to Putrajaya, competing against DRB-Hicom Bhd and Naza Group-Berjaya Group in partnership and few others.

The Malaysian Reserve (TMR) reported that the government may open the fleet supply and management contract to more than one company with a shorter concession period to cut operational expenses.

Spanco Sdn Bhd’s 25-year concession for fleet management ended last year.

Sime Darby is poised to be one of the contractors via SDRAC — the sole franchisee of vehicle rental brands Hertz and Thrifty in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, DRB-Hicom’s unit namely DRB-Hicom EZ-Drive Sdn Bhd — the Avis Rent A Car licencee in Malaysia — is also viewed as one of the contenders.

The government concluded the request for proposal on the fleet car concession last February and is expected to announce the results soon.

In a document sighted by TMR, Putrajaya is expected to use between 1,600 and 2,730 vehicles for the next six years including Proton X70, Persona, Saga, as well as Honda Accord and Toyota Vellfire.

Ho said the company has invested in IT system and digitalised solution such as vehicle tracking and fleet utilisation that have benefitted the company and customers alike.

SDRAC manages over 3,800 vehicles, representing the largest fleet in SouthEast Asia for the Hertz and Thrifty brands.

The wholly owned subsidiary of SDM has 29 outlets in major airports and cities across Malaysia, as well as 269 authorised panels.