It’s all a Merc-understanding!

The controversial purchase of the 14 Mercedes Benz E200 Kompressor cars by the Terengganu state government was due to some misunderstanding of the Treasury’s circular on the buying of locally assembled cars, insisted Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Shahrir Abdul Samad.


According to a Bernama report, Shahrir said that ‘the locally assembled vehicles referred to in the circular were vehicles such as jeeps and four-wheel-drive vehicles.’


“I understand that they have misunderstood (the treasury circular) because some government departments have the need for four-wheel-drive vehicles. If they have to buy a jeep, it should not be an imported vehicle but a locally assembled one,” he told reporters after chairing a post-Cabinet meeting at his ministry, here.


Ahh, the cause of the ‘human error’ has finally been identified in this entire saga. Perhaps in the minds of the State Exco members a Merc could fit the bill of ‘a four-wheel drive vehicle’.



8 Responses to “It’s all a Merc-understanding!”

  1. 1 mike 24 July 2008 at 10:17 am

    Leave it to the BN guys to use tax payers’ money as if it was their on …. let’s see in 4 years time whether they would be using these Merc

  2. 2 Volcano 24 July 2008 at 10:24 am

    Obviously! the mercs literally have 4 wheels, yes no pun intended. So it fits the circular. No… not human error. definitely not. Being new to the job, with no experience and whole load of power why not mercs. Can’t understand your logic. After all the maintenance cost of Perdana is way off the budget not to mention the quality.
    You are really making a mountain out of a molehill.

  3. 3 crower 24 July 2008 at 1:42 pm

    “Pimp My Ride” anyone ?

  4. 4 sahari 24 July 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Leave it to BN minister to find excuses !!

  5. 5 KK 24 July 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Something seems fishy though with what Shahrir is quoted as saying by Bernama. According to The Star today Shahrir said the Trengganu government could have misunderstood the condition imposed by the Treasury regarding the type of cars it could purchase.

    “There is a clause by the Treasury that members of the administration can only use the Proton Perdana executive cars,” said Shahrir in Putrajaya yesterday.

    “Even Cabinet stated that there were no changes to the conditions imposed by the Treasury that those in the administration, like me, can only have the Proton Perdana,” he said, adding that locally-assembled cars were meant for those who were not in the administration.

    Shahrir, in the Star, was unequivocal about the policy of the BN federal government. Even though he was charitable to the Trengganu government by saying they could have misunderstood the statement of the Treasury, hence a human error, the Trengganu government did not get off scot free.

    This Bernama report, however, has Shahrir adding other stuff about jeeps and 4-wheel drives. Was the Star’s report deficient? Hard to believe given the penchant of MSM to report what the BN government has to say verbatim. Or was Shahrir or the BN federal government unhappy with The Star’s report and tried to add the other stuff to muddy the issue in order to get the BN Trengganu government off the fiasco or bad publicity altogether?

  6. 6 radiator 24 July 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Locally assembled Merc ?

  7. 7 robin hood 24 July 2008 at 4:57 pm

    You people got it all wrong lah.

    It looks like a merc, it drives like a merc, and it even honks like a merc. But how can you say it is a merc?

    No…… it is just a kancil lah.

  8. 8 Patricia 24 July 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Hey Mustafa!

    You’re on a roll here: another great headline! Hahaha. Can’t wait for your next one!!!

    But that aside, what a lovely way to MISunderstand. I wish someone would misunderstand one of my orders like that and send ME a merc, too 😉

    I guess if anyone believes this one, they will believe anything!!!


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