The American Chopper shown on Discovery channel is quite a unique show. The reality show tells a tale of the Teutul family in United States who owns Orange Country Choppers (OCC), crafting awesome looking choppers (motorcycles with high handlers which were cool for cruising). So what does Paul Teutul Sr, the founder of OCC, has to do with this nation of multi cultural society in this part of Asia?
It appears that Paul has come all the way from the United States to deliver their new chopper, named the 1Malaysia Chopper to the nation of Malaysia. Tourism Malaysia, a government arm on promoting Malaysia’s tourism activities world wide (and notoriously involved in a scandal of creating 6 Facebook pages contract for almost USD 600,000) has commissioned OCC to design and build the 1Malaysia bike to represent the country. The chopper, built in the United States, was finally delivered on March 23, 2012 and was officiated by Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The 1Malaysia Chopper!
It is also mentioned that Malaysia will be featured on American Chopper episodes sometime in April and May this year, and the show will further promote Malaysia to American and international audiences. As Prime Minister Najib said: “As a regular viewer of Discovery Channel, I hope I would be seeing very familiar scenes of Malaysia including the 1Malaysia Chopper in due course”
The PM loves this chopper!
As much as how excited I am with this news, but as a tax paying citizen of Malaysia, how much have we spent on our tax payers money on this one off chopper? Also, will Najib or anyone from the Tourism Malaysia ride it? Anyhow here’s the video on the launching of this chopper as below: