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New Straits Times (Malaysia): It pays to be a skilful, responsible lorry driver

Published: Aug 20, 2007

SHAH ALAM: A lorry driver walked away RM8,000 richer when he won the Scania Driver Competition.

Borhan Bakar, 34, was in a state of disbelief when his name was announced as the champion in the lorry category, beating seven others.

He overcame a series of challenges, including driving a tanker on a plank in reverse and manoeuvering the vehicle into various positions.

“I did not practise for this competition but used my 12 years of experience of driving lorries,” said Borhan who delivers diesel and petrol for Shell on a contract basis.

While the prize recognises him as a responsible and skilful driver, he counts on the training given to him by Shell and his company, Say Heng (Chuah) Sdn Bhd, as crucial to the way he drives a lorry.

“Shell gives adequate training and has stringent rules regarding working hours to make sure that the products are delivered safely,” he said.

Yesterday’s competition was the first time it was held in Asia although it had been a global affair for the heavy lorry and bus manufacturer since 2003.

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