The current pandemic has affected so many people in the country. Businesses were forced to close down and many Malaysians were left laid off. Recent news shared that almost 100,000 workers lost their jobs, where more than half are highly skilled workers. This includes a former national rally racing legend Karamjit Singh.
A local newspaper reported that the 58-year-old rally racer was forced to sell off his iconic and beloved Proton Waja so that he could afford to buy a new Proton Saga to do e-hailing to survive.
Desperate action for our national rally racer
Karamjit, who is also known as the Flying Sikh in his heyday, reportedly sold his 2004 manual Proton Waja for RM7,000.
Karamjit Singh who not only put Malaysia on an international pedestal but also being a world champion was forced to sell his 2004 manual Proton Waja for RM7,000 in order to come up with the model to purchase a new car that is suitable under e-hailing standards.
In a post, he wrote “I am selling because I want to start driving ‘Grab car’, and my car is too old for that..so buying a new Proton Saga manual.”
He used the iconic Proton Waja while he raced for the Petronas EON Racing Team and Proton Pert Malaysia team
SOLD! Thank you my friends for all the shares and support! Love you all! Hi all, I am selling my personal daily drive…Posted by Karamjit Singh on Thursday, 3 December 2020
Karamjit who is also known in the racing world as Flying Singh became the first Asian racer to win the Federation Internationale de I’Automobile Production Car World Championship for Drivers in 2002.
He admitted that his Proton Waja was very dear to him as he used it while he raced for the Petronas EON Racing Team and Proton Pert Malaysia team, but he had to let the car go to do e-hailing as it is the only way for him to make ends meet.
He has not yet received the pension from the government even though he is qualified to receive it
However, he had no savings left as he used most of them to fund his rally career at the Asia Pacific level back in the day. He has sacrificed so much for the sake of competing on a global stage and bringing honour to Malaysia and Proton.
He revealed that he ha met with the Ministry of Youth and Sports in 2005 or 2006. The ministry said that he is qualified to receive a pension because of the success of being a world champion but he has not yet received the pension from government.
Karamjit still want to race again and he believes that he is still capable of being No 1 in Asia
Karamjit said that he has yet to let go of his love for racing and resort to e-hailing as it is the best way to make a living for his family.
But many fans want him to race again. He also believes that he is still capable of being number one in Asia. His fitness is still at its best and he thinks a lot of young people cannot beat him.
The issue now is, it is difficult to get sponsorship because of the cost of racing in the world of motoring is not cheap even though it is not as expensive as Formula One (F1).