Terengganu State Exco members drive new Merc

At a time when the ordinary rakyat have been advised by the powers-that-be to change their lifestyle and tighten their belts to suit to the inflationary situation in the country, Terengganu State Exco opted to buy – and started driving – 14 Mercedes-Benz E200 Kompressor cars worth a whopping RM3.43 million of taxpayers’ money.


According to a Sunday Star report,


The new cars are for the exco members, the state assembly speaker, the state secretary, the state legal adviser and the state finance officer.


The new cars with tinted windows carry the state emblem with the wording “Exco Kerajaan Negeri” embossed on the number plate.


State Secretary Datuk Mokthar Nong said the decision to use Mercedes-Benz cars was made several months ago.


The state took delivery of the cars earlier this month.


He said the German cars were bought for the safety of the state officials who had to travel extensively and to reduce the cost of maintenance.


“After much evaluation, the state felt the Mercedes-Benz cars are more reliable for long term use. It was also time to replace the Proton Perdanas,” he added.


A number of questions can be raised here as a result of this State government’s action, which, incidentally, cannot be perceived as part of an austerity drive.


For instance, doesn’t this luxury car purchase indicate that there is a gap between what the leaders say and what they actually do? In short, credibility deficit?


Wouldn’t this kind of action on the part of the State Exco help aggravate the social cleavage that exists in our society?


And, by the way, is the State government also saying that Proton cars, particularly the Perdanas, aren’t reliable to the point of indirectly questioning the assurance of the Proton people that their products are of good quality?


Latest: Bernama reported today that, when pressed by reporters about the recent purchase of Mercedes cars, the Terengganu Menteri Besar insisted that ‘No oil royalty was used to purchase’ the luxury cars. Would it change matters if it involved state coffers — and not oil royalty?  



16 Responses to “Terengganu State Exco members drive new Merc”

  1. 1 raymond 20 July 2008 at 10:12 am

    Obviously, the Terengganu government is under the BN coalition which persuades citizens to change lifestyle but the government opted for luxury lifestyle. Giving all the excuses for the official function. RUBBISH !!!!!!!!!
    Pak Lah urges Malaysians to adopt lifestyle change which means to tightenen our belts but encourages his administration staffs to opt for higher lifestlye…….

  2. 2 MalaysiaScrewedUP 20 July 2008 at 10:41 am

    What a good excuse here. Why can’t they go for Toyota Camry 2.0 ? Reliable and fuel saving!! Another CRAP from UMNO.

  3. 3 matador 20 July 2008 at 10:51 am

    Correct me if I am wrong.

    I thought after the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, government issue instruction for the termination of buying and leasing of continental cars and national cars should be used.

    What happened?????

    I suspect the federal ministers and …. would also want to change to a more reliable continental car in the near future.

    State government can, why fed cannot right???

  4. 4 Wenquan 20 July 2008 at 11:22 am

    One, the majority of the people of Trengganu is paying the price for putting these profligates in power, so they should not cry out in despair.
    Two, the Proton makes are now rejected even by the BN law-makers.
    We should close the saga (pun intended) and sell off the remaining stocks to Toys-R-Us.
    Three, Mahathir, what are you waiting for? Whack your erstwhile comrades for treating your baby this way before they put it up for sale for RM1.

  5. 5 Fadhli 20 July 2008 at 11:22 am

    Exactly my sentiments. Well said.

  6. 6 ken 20 July 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Ya… This is their so-called integrity to change, but change us not them, don’t understand their point.

  7. 7 si benar 20 July 2008 at 12:17 pm

    what the s..t! so goverment bn also says proton car no good, can u believe that? BN says we have our car industry and our cars are among the best quality in the world now bn exco says no good. if proton are not cheaper than foreign cars, who want to buy proton? so please from now on, please don’t buy proton again the blood-sucking bn says so. let our car industry bankrupt so that we can buy cheaper and good quality cars from other countries. for 40000-50000rm we can buy honda, volvo even mercedes. this is how bn teach the people that please support barang buatan malaysia. i am businessman i earn about 20000 a month but i still own three proton cars because i love my country even though i know proton cars are not good but now i feel so sad that goverment itself also says so. bn itself doesn’t respect our national pride so go to hell proton.

  8. 8 Joe 20 July 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Why do we have to buy proton when our own govt does not use proton due to high maintanance and can’t last more than 4 years.

  9. 9 ahmadsabri 20 July 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Malaysia Boleh BN Boleh That is what is happening. They are the masters, they can do what they like. They don’t follow what they preach, It’s RUBBISH.

  10. 10 merc 20 July 2008 at 2:49 pm

    what a stupid move…buying the mercedes E200 is first mistake..they don’t even know that totally new E200 model will be launched this September 2008, second mistake…Cycle & Carriage laughing all the way to the bank, old stock cleared…

    This shows how low the knowledge and credibility of Terengganu’s MB….. kemamang…goes the same to Information Minister.

  11. 11 Observer 20 July 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Wait, won’t the Agong who is the Sultan of Terengganu, say something?

    Didn’t the Agong choose the current Terengganu Menteri Besar? I see that his choice is seemingly as corrupted, having authorized the use of new Mercedes Benz’s.

    The Agong/Sultan of Terengganu may have to reprimand such a waste of public funds of the people of Terengganu!

  12. 12 Abang Benet 20 July 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Ah ya…! Only bought Mercedes ah? Please-lah, really no class. If they had class they would have got each of the exco members a Bell helicopter and a Dornier private jet for the Mentri Besar…! And of course, no using Oil Royalties to boot. Dammit, that is real class!

  13. 13 JeyS 21 July 2008 at 3:47 pm

    What a suicidal statement!

    LOL…. BN has no faith in their own national car!! Pak-Lah…. your goons are learning to be just like you just tembak aje!! Tak ingat apa mereka cakap ni! like father like children!!!

    Ish ish ish…..

  14. 14 Crankshaft 21 July 2008 at 6:00 pm

    It’s such a waste of money.

    Personally, I think Proton cars are crappy and in the long run they cost a lot to maintain and upkeep. But if that was the main criteria, why didn’t they buy Toyotas or Hondas? The Japanese cars are so much more high quality in terms of fuel efficiency, maintenance and pricing.

    It’s a lie. The Terengganu administration is probably using money from oil royalty, regardless of what they claim.

  15. 15 kemaman boy 23 July 2008 at 4:56 pm

    As a citizen of Kemaman, this menteri besar is (apparently) known for luxurious spending in his constituency. He defended the Kemaman council for making MYR 4.3 million caburator looking monument about 2 yrs ago by saying it is within the budget of the Kemaman Council. It gives people the impression that Kemaman is a city manufacturing Proton or a motor industry city.
    The money could be better channelled for better drainage and sewage system instead.

  16. 16 Blue rose 23 July 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Whoa, talk about utter stupidity! MB for the MB? I personally think that is not enough – why not purchase a Learjet for the Menteri Besar, his family and his cronies while the Terengganu state government are at it?

    We the rakyat must save and scrimp while you blow tons of money on “German safety?”

    Another fine example of the BN government. Wake up, Terengganu people!
    This is what you get for electing “Barang Naik”

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