Rolls-Royce Selects New Dealer In Malaysia

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has named Quill Motorcars Sdn Bhd as its authorised dealer in Kuala Lumpur, M

Quill Motorcars Sdn Bhd is part of the Quill Group of Companies, a multi-disciplinary group that has also been recently appointed as the latest authorised BMW dealer in Malaysia.

The new dealership, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Kuala Lumpur, is headed by the company's managing director, Dato' Michael Ong.

In addition, the new dealership, which is first to be established in Malaysia, brings number of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars dealers globally to 83. A Rolls-Royce showroom and service facility in excess of 2,500 square feet will be developed in Petaling Jaya, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur.

Colin Kelly, regional director for the Asia Pacific region at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: "The new dealership re-establishes an official Rolls-Royce retail and aftersales presence in Malaysia, signifying the company's confidence in the market. With both the Rolls-Royce Phantom family and the new Ghost, we present the pinnacle in luxury motoring to Malaysians. We will be working with our new dealer partner to establish the highest standards of Rolls-Royce motor car ownership."

Michael Ong, managing director of Datoc, said: "We are honoured to be able to offer the world's best automobiles, and aspire to develop and provide for a vibrant Rolls-Royce community in Malaysia."

Rolls-Royce has a five model line-up for 2010, including phantom, phantom extended wheelbase, phantom drophead coupé, phantom coupé and the new Rolls-Royce ghost, the first of a new model series due to preview in Kuala Lumpur by the end of month.

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When will the government take action to tackle the plight of circus animals?

Britain is lagging behind the rest of the world - and innocent animals are paying the price. 

It has been more than a year since the Prime Minister reiterated his commitment to passing legislation to impose a ban on the suffering of circus animals in England and Wales. How long does it take to get something done in Parliament?

I was an MP for more than two decades, so that’s a rhetorical question. I’m well aware that important issues like this one can drag on, but the continued lack of action to help stop the suffering of animals in circuses is indefensible.

Although the vast majority of the British public doesn’t want wild animals used in circuses (a public consultation on the issue found that more than 94 per cent of the public wanted to see a ban implemented and the Prime Minister promised to prohibit the practice by January 2015, no government bill on this issue was introduced during the last parliament.

A private member’s bill, introduced in 2013, was repeatedly blocked in the House of Commons by three MPs, so it needs a government bill to be laid if we are to have any hope of seeing this practice banned.

This colossal waste of time shames Britain, while all around the world, governments have been taking decisive action to stop the abuse of wild animals in circuses. Just last month, Catalonia’s Parliament overwhelmingly voted to ban it. While our own lawmakers dragged their feet, the Netherlands approved a ban that comes into effect later this year, as did Malta and Mexico. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, North America’s longest-running circus, has pledged to retire all the elephants it uses by 2018. Even in Iran, a country with precious few animal-welfare laws, 14 states have banned this archaic form of entertainment. Are we really lagging behind Iran?

The writing has long been on the wall. Only two English circuses are still clinging to this antiquated tradition of using wild animals, so implementing a ban would have very little bearing on businesses operating in England and Wales. But it would have a very positive impact on the animals still being exploited.

Every day that this legislation is delayed is another one of misery for the large wild animals, including tigers, being hauled around the country in circus wagons. Existing in cramped cages and denied everything that gives their lives meaning, animals become lethargic and depressed. Their spirits broken, many develop neurotic and abnormal behaviour, such as biting the bars of their cages and constantly pacing. It’s little wonder that such tormented creatures die far short of their natural life spans.

Watching a tiger jump through a fiery hoop may be entertaining to some, but we should all be aware of what it entails for the animal. UK laws require that animals be provided with a good quality of life, but the cruelty inherent in confining big, wild animals, who would roam miles in the wild, to small, cramped spaces and forcing them to engage in unnatural and confusing spectacles makes that impossible in circuses.

Those who agree with me can join PETA’s campaign to urge government to listen to the public and give such animals a chance to live as nature intended.


The Right Honourable Ann Widdecombe was an MP for 23 years and served as Shadow Home Secretary. She is a novelist, documentary maker and newspaper columnist.