Underprivileged kids all aflutter over Malaysian police toy car

Mirror image: IGP Khalid inspecting a figurine of himself while Chia looks on. The new special edition PDRM toy car models are in the background.

KUALA LUMPUR - The debut of the Royal Malaysian Police's (PDRM) special edition toy car made by a Malaysian manufacturer brought joy to adults and children alike.

Scores of underprivileged children from the National Cancer Society, Children's Home of Hope, Yayasan Sunbeam Home and Rumah Kids were each given the special edition toy car at an event here yesterday organised by Daisheng (M) Sdn Bhd to unveil the collectibles in conjunction with its 33rd anniversary.

National Cancer Society's general manager Sudhaharan Nair said the children were so excited.

"The six kids with us today are all suffering from cancer and do not come from wealthy backgrounds. Some of them had undergone treatment and don't have the opportunity to go out, which is why they always look forward to events like this," he told The Star.

Sudhaharan said that among the six cancer-stricken children attending the launch was seven-year-old Irfan Jaki, who lost an eye to cancer.

"His remaining eye is also failing, but he is undergoing radiotherapy.

"The kids, including Irfan, were so happy to receive the toys that they want to join the police force when they grow up," he chuckled.

Daisheng chief executive officer Chia Ah Kau said the company's bestseller was the die-cast collections which included the PDRM toy car models.

"We are happy that all our products conti­nue to receive strong response from the market. We have plans to ensure that our toys follow the latest trends," he added.

Present to open the event and to present goodie bags was Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, an avid model car collector himself.

"I collect police cars from all over the world and have them on display in my office.

"Daisheng's innovation in incorporating educational messages of the police force with the PDRM die-cast toy car is commendable," he added.

Daisheng also gave cash donations to the children's homes, as well as the Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merit Society Malaysia and the PDRM Welfare Fund.