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Zainal Daud reached milestone 

Are you a trucker?

At first, I thought it was a name of person when I saw the invitation. Well, of course, it’s a name of person but it was more of a company’s name. Zainal Daud Sdn Bhd is a company that deals with transport and logistics and currently under the contract of Brunei Shell and they have been using Mercedes-Benz trucks for many years.

Now why did an event take place yesterday for Zainal Daud Sdn Bhd and Jati Transport (authorised Mercedes-Benz Distributor) in Brunei? Well, the biggest reason is because nine of the Mercedes-Benz commercial trucks from Zainal Daud Sdn Bhd have achieved an average of over 1.5 million kilometers without engine overhaul over a period of 10 years running 24 hours daily. Now isn’t that an amazing feat? My own car has overhauled twice in a space of 12 years *lol* but then again that could be my own wrongdoing for not servicing my car.

Nonetheless the statistics is even mind boggling to begin with. I’ve hardly heard a commercial vehicle that can reach such mileage of 1,500,000 kilometres without an overhaul. My car is currently at 230,000 kilometers in the past 12 years. So this really shows how much durable the Mercedes brand is even when it’s on heavy duty.

The award presentation was commenced by Mr. Alfred So, General Manager of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd followed by Mr. Richard Hall, General Manager of Commercial Vehicle from Daimler South East Asia/Pacific.

Mr Alfred So said, “We are extremely proud and pleased with this remarkable achievement. This record doesn’t come easy as we need a good quality vehicle, high level of after-sales service and disciplined personnel from Zainal Daud Sdn Bhd to achieve it. I would like to thank to take this opportunity to thank Zainal Daud Sdn Bhd for trusting us (Jati Transport) to provide the after-sales service.”

“At Mercedes-Benz, we believe that when our customers purchase a Mercedes-Benz vehicle, they’re assured with positive ownership experience. Not only do we strive to make that experience pleasant, we also pride ourselves in going that extra mile to ensure their journey with us is rewarding.”

The award was presented to Zainal Daud Sdn Bhd, Mr. Tay Kim Swee, its Operation Manager and Major PG Hj Jali, Transport Safety Officer and to Alfred So, GM of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd. The memento was presented by Mr. Richard Hall, General Manager of Commercial Vehicle from Daimler South East Asia/Pacific.

I kind like the slogan of Mercedes-Benz trucks – “Trucks you can trust” and the action does speak louder than words where they have proven how durable and solid their commercial trucks are. Did you know there are more than 600,000 Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks in the world? So just remember the three things that these trucks are known for – quality, durability and reliability.

Before I end, there are a few achievements that I wanted to share. The Mercedes-Benz Actros has received multiple prestigious wards such as “Green Truck 2013”, “The World’s most economical series-production truck”, “Truck of the year 2012”, “Best Commercial vehicles of 2011”, “Truck of the decade in Great Britain and Ireland”.


Mr. Alfred So, General Manager of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd is proud of this achievement

Mr. Richard Hall, General Manager of Commercial Vehicle from Daimler South East Asia/Pacific

Drivers of Zainal Daud Sdn Bhd

An award to Zainal Daud Sdn Bhd and Jati Transport Sdn Bhd

Representatives from Zainal Daud and Jati Transport Sdn Bhd

Inside the Mercedes-Benz Actros Truck

Do you think I pass being a trucker? 😀

Nice Tee



Eia released 2nd single 


Eia (Maria Grace Koh) successfully launched her latest single “That’s My Way” on iTunes last Saturday

Maria Grace Koh, 22, better known under her stage name ‘Eia’ is one of Brunei’s singer-songwriters and is known for her catchy honest, heartfelt, fun and  edgy original works reflected in a spectrum of genres such as Pop, Soul, R&B and a little bit of Funk.

Eia recently returned home from Hollywood after working closely with the team at Indasoul Records for the release of her new Single, “That’s The Way”. The single, which is being released on iTunes was already available on Saturday, 25th October 2014, which happens to coincide with her birthday.  Support our local artists and be in for a treat with this new, hip and infectious track by Eia!

At a listening party earlier in the week, hosted at the Brunei Hotel and supported by City Neon, Eia announced plans to record the rest of her songs with the producing team with the hope of releasing a full album in the near future.

You may know her as an ex-national swimmer who was selected to represent  Brunei at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but due to some unfortunate events, the
team did not proceed. This was how she discovered her ability to write songs – where she wrote her first song at 15, “Hello World”  which is already available on iTunes).

She has most recently come back from WCOPA, Hollywood representing Team Brunei where she bagged 4 Gold & Division Champion Awards for all of her
original songs, as well as 1 Silver and 1 Bronze. She then went on to record her original songs with Marc ‘M. Doc’ Williams (Madonna, Kelly Rowland, Jordin Sparks, K-Ci & Jojo) and C-Ray (EMI Music Publishing, K_Ci & Jojo) of Indasoul Records.

Eia sharing her thoughts with her guests and fans

The guests last week at The Brunei Hotel





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