Govt Shooting themself in the foot AGAIN !!
The state government has defended the purchase of 14 Mercedes E200 Kompressor cars at RM3.43mil for the use of its state executive councillors and senior officials.
Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said said the state government had planned to purchase the cars for a long time now to replace its Proton Perdana V6 Executive fleet in a move to cut cost.
“Please understand that the Proton Perdanas go through continuous long-distance journeys. It’s costing us a lot of money due to high cost of maintenance.
“We are not saying that the national car is not good but in reality we are coughing up more money for maintaining the Proton Perdanas, particularly the gear boxes,” he said.
Ahmad cited the example of the Proton Perdana of state Commerce, Industry and Environment committee chairman Toh Chin Yaw, which has twice undergone expensive repairs costing RM50,000 within 36 months.
“In the long run, Mercedes cars are cheaper to maintain and could also save us fuel costs.
“This is the state’s long-term plan – we are farsighted. The cars could also fetch a high market price, when sold as second-hand cars.
“We studied all angles before deciding to buy the Mercedes E200 cars,” he added.
Ahmad also denied that the oil royalty money was used to buy the cars.
“In the first place we have yet to receive the oil royalties from the Federal Government.
“The funds to procure the cars were from our own coffers and has nothing to do with the oil royalties,” he said.
When I found out about this move by the Terrengganu MB, They have really taken the cake, In times of crisis and Pak Lah has said that we all should tighten our belt but these RICH ppl bought themself 14pcs of Merc, explain why you need 14 Merc? going for long distance ? RM50k for gear box ? all this really dont make sense, long run ? you sell the so called old cars? what about those 4 year old perdana? where does the sale proceed to ?? will it be used to offset the Merc ? or has it gone to some croonies? or someones bank account ? I just got to fed up reading all this and just had to blog about this !!! MERC in Msia, i believe everyone should just change to Merc, its STATED BY THE GOV themself that Msia cars cant be use, so those ppl doing sales driving around thier perdana, Change to MERC !