PETALING JAYA: There are 45 more pairs of eagle eyes on the road now, thanks to the first round of Star Media Group’s 45@45 Giveaways.
A total of 45 people took home an Eagle-i EG228 dashcam each at a special prize-giving ceremony.
The dashcams, worth RM258 each, come with an installation voucher worth RM50, as well as an 8G SD card.
Star Media Group editor-in-chief Datuk Leanne Goh presented the prizes at Menara Star here yesterday.
“The panel of five judges had a really tough time whittling down the entries to find the 45 most caring drivers, or the wittiest or most insightful slogan writers,” she said at the ceremony.
She said two things could be deduced from the entries: that Malaysians spend far too much time stuck in traffic, and that everyone has come across drivers who have no business being on the road.
Goh said dashcam footage could be very valuable, and that in many cases, such footage had gone viral.
She also hoped that winners would send footage from their new dashcams to The Star, so that some of them could be featured.
The winners were in unanimous agreement that dashcams were useful for any driver concerned about road safety.
Jullian Ong said many things happened on the road that needed to be recorded.
“I just bought a new car for my father, and the dashcam will be a great extra security feature,” said the 29-year-old insurance claims executive.
Jannatun Naim Ahmad Shah, 40, was planning to buy a dashcam, when she came across the 45@45 Giveaways.
The mother of five spends a lot of time on the road playing chauffeur to her kids and running her online cosmetics business.
Jannatun said that last year a driver had hit her car.
“Although the driver promised to make a report, she never turned up at the police station. The police said there wasn’t much they could do because of that. Dashcam footage would have helped,” she said.
Student Taranvir Singh, 23, agreed.
“I think a dashcam would come in very handy in road bully cases, or if a driver in front of you rolls backward into your car – because in a collision – it’s usually the car at the back that is blamed,” he said.
Beyond road safety, many of the winners were also motivated by the desire to capture incidents that warmed the heart.
“I’m a traveller, and I love seeking out the hidden sights of Malaysia, like the kampungs and communities that people don’t know so much about,” said systems engineer Abdul Khafiq Abdul Latif, 29.
The 45@45 Giveaways are being held to celebrate The Star turning 45 this year. There will be 45 prizes given away every 45 days.
Look out for the next giveaway on June 11. The newspaper will celebrate its anniversary on Sept 9.