After 15 weeks of great excitement, over a million contest entries submitted, and a nail-biting showdown amongst the finalists, Nestlé Malaysia finally unveiled the two Grand Prize winners of its biggest contest to-date; Peraduan Nestlé Gaji Seumur Hidup (Nestlé ‘Salary for Life’ contest) in the Grand Finale aired on TV3.
Following a tough challenge in the Grand Finale, which tested the finalists’ physical, mental and intellectual capabilities, Encik Amirrul Hafiz Bin Razak, 32, from Temerloh, Pahang, and Mr. Wong Chee Soon, 40, from Subang Jaya, Selangor, emerged victorious, each winning a ‘Salary for Life’ of RM3,000 every month from Nestlé!
Their nominated charities also emerged winners: Pertubuhan Tindakan Wanita Islam (PERTIWI) which was nominated by Encik Amirrul and Yayasan Amal Malaysia, which was nominated by Mr. Wong, will each receive RM72,000 from Nestlé.
Ecstatic to have won the “Salary for Life” Grand Prize, Encik Amirrul Hafiz Bin Razak said, “Against all odds, 2020 has been a year of tremendous blessing for my family. On top of expecting our first child in September, I am now being rewarded with a ‘salary’ for the rest of my life! With this prize, I will be able to fulfil my parents’ lifelong dream of going on a pilgrimage to Mecca and ensure that my family can live comfortably. I am also very grateful to nominate PERTIWI. It is a cause close to my heart as the charity encourages a sense of unity. This is all the more important as we live in Malaysia which is such a diverse country, and PERTIWI helps people regardless of race and religion.”
The other Grand Prize winner of a “Salary for Life”, Mr. Wong Chee Soon shared, “This win definitely came as a surprise to me! I submitted close to 10 entries, every single time I purchased a Nestlé product, and I am happy to have followed my instincts as I have now earned a ‘Salary for Life’! This will definitely change my family’s lives for the better as I am the sole breadwinner of my household. Beyond this, Nestlé is giving me the opportunity to contribute to the community through this contest. I hope the contribution to Yayasan Amal Malaysia will make a positive difference in someone’s life, like this contest has done for me.”
Mr Juan Aranols, Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad, commented, “Our warmest congratulations to Encik Amirrul and Mr Wong on their monumental win and hope that they can now fulfil their dreams for themselves and their loved ones! We have been truly amazed at the overwhelming response from Malaysians for Peraduan Nestlé Gaji Seumur Hidup and are pleased to help bring some joy to Malaysians especially in this trying time.”
Nestlé Malaysia will also be contributing a total of RM684,000 to 17 charitable organisations nominated by each of the Peraduan Nestlé Gaji Seumur Hidup finalists. The 17 charities are:
- Development of Human Resources of Rural Areas Malaysia (DHRRA Malaysia)
- Dignity for Children Foundation
- Food Aid Foundation
- Global Peace Foundation
- Global Peace Mission Malaysia
- IDEAS Autism Centre
- Kasih Hospice Care Society
- Kechara Soup Kitchen
- Malaysian Foundation for the Blind
- Orphan Care
- Persatuan Kebajikan Da Ai Malaysia
- Rumah Kita
- Shelter Home for Children
- Tzu-Chi Foundation Malaysia
- Yayasan Amal Malaysia
- Yayasan Chow Kit
Commenting on Nestle’s decision to extend prizes to charitable organisations, Mr Aranols said, “At Nestlé, we are committed to make a positive difference in society. This year, with many struggling because of the COVID-19 impact, we felt that this commitment was more needed than ever. We hope that this initiative will inspire many more to give back to society and help at a time where many families are in great need.”
More than 850 Malaysians won over RM4 million in cash prizes through Peraduan Nestlé Gaji Seumur Hidup. The contest took place from February 14 to May 31, 2020. These included weekly prizes of RM500 each, to 100 winners of a ‘Salary for a Month’, 15 winners of a ‘Salary for a Year’, and the two final winners of a ‘Salary for Life’ of RM3,000 every month.