Is Terengganu setting a Benz-mark?

According to a Malaysiakini report today, the Terengganu government has got the ‘blessings’ of the Prime Minister for its purchase of the sleek 14 Mercedes E200 Kompressors.


Perhaps this goes to show that when you’re goal-driven, you’re likely to get the coveted rewards.


But this premier’s aye begs a question: does this mean that the Terengganu state government has set a kind of a benchmark for other state governments to consider? There’s already some noise in Selangor that its state government may think of getting Toyota Camry.


Would this be the end of the road for the Perdanas as far as official car purchase is concerned?



8 Responses to “Is Terengganu setting a Benz-mark?”

  1. 1 AuntyG 25 July 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Precedent is set in Trengganu to ignore the Perdana policy.
    So if PKR led states go for Camry (or Ferrari for that matter!), let not the opposition (i.e. UMNO) make hue and cry, OK. No double standards OK.

  2. 2 AuntyG 25 July 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Good. Its a slap in the face for BN, in fact 2 slaps.
    First, its goes to show MrFlipFlop is not firm with his own UMNO boys. Second it goes to show that the national car project is a Flip or a Flop?

    A precedent is set, and if PKR led states opt for a non-Perdana, let the Opposition in these states not make a hue and cry, OK. No double standards OK.

  3. 3 PHUA KL 25 July 2008 at 3:57 pm

    How ’bout them Mercedes Benz mini cars instead of the Kompressor?

    1. Mercedes Benz, man! Proven quality!

    2. Cheaper than the Kompressor. Good price!

    3. Will spur Proton to produce high end cars of better quality.
    Now, what’s wrong with that? Spurs competition!

    Quality, price, competition. An unbeatable combination!

  4. 4 MalaysiaScrewedUP 25 July 2008 at 4:13 pm

    What can Badawi do? Terengganu MB has exposed the unreliability of Proton and huge maintenance cost to own a Perdana :-0 …. I wonder what abt the rest of the Perdana owners in this country? Are they paying abt the same cost to maintain a Perdana 😉 ? Are they changing gear box every year? 🙂 do a survey yourself, ask those you know who own Perdana?

    My first car is Proton Satria 1.6 GL…. drove for 8 years, Power window always problem since the first day 🙂 (DNA of Proton), however i never changed the gear box (because gear box made by MMC, so quality is there), at 180 000 KM Engine and other parts of car start to give up, so i have sold it due to high maintenance 🙂 now not as high as what they have claimed. Proton parts cheap but won’t last long.

    My second car is Toyota SGE 1.6 … drove for 10 years, i never changed the gear box, very reliable car and low maintenance!!
    Still driving it today and become my working car now and use it for travelling around Klang valley. Still going very strong!! 🙂 power window is still good and great … even after 10 years never!! Toyota have planted my trust. So … the next car indeed still go for Toyota.

    Proton pls learn!! This is how you make a customer continue to buy your car. It is too late anyway now!! god bless proton for a better day.

  5. 5 Ken 25 July 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Benz is too expensive to be accepted by Public. Perhaps Ronnie Liu’s suggestion to replace the current fleet of Perdana Executive with Toyota Camry is good as the tax-free price for a Toyota Camry 2.4 is below RM100K.

  6. 6 Daniel 25 July 2008 at 4:41 pm

    What kind of gomen is this? Setting a policy but when violated … ok juga to go ahead!!! This is rubbish!! Next time when you set a deadline for income tax submission, we pay it at end of year. Can you allow that, Mr. Flip-Flop?

    These …. guys including the MB think being voted into the government office is time to enjoy life .. hence getting a Merz baru ada gaya and can tunjuk their status! Don’t they know they are voted to serve the state and the rakyat, and that they are paid by the rakyat’s money? We should use their thick skin from the face to wipe our toilet bowl!!

  7. 7 Volcano 25 July 2008 at 6:24 pm

    PM, OK my f..t!! You boneless flipflopper. You are using the rakyat’s money la. Now is the time to be prudent in our spending. Show us how Mercs can save on maintenance. Any idiot will know that the cost of maintenance for mercs is higher than any japanese or malaysian car. Can’t drive Perdana then drive japanese or korean car.

  8. 8 james 25 July 2008 at 7:13 pm

    I own a 1997 perdana 2.0Se. It is now 11 years old. All my four power windows have problems since day one. I refuse to accept Eon’s argument that the motors are faulty because it works once in a while. I have not changed them because each of the motor was going to set me back by 750RM. I could get a reconned imported japanese motor for 100+. The most problematic are the lower arms. I had to change the lower arms every 30,000km and each of them costs about 400+ each from eon service. In the end, I get them changed by 3rd party workshops for about 200+ each. I have not encountered gear-box problems as yet. It is Eon service culture to simply recommend suspected parts to be changed out without bothering to thoroughly check them out. Currently my perdana is giving me an engine alarm. Eon service, as expected recommended that the fuel-air mix sensor be changed out and will cost me 1400+. Yes, it is expensive to service a perdana but that is possibly because of eon’s replace-no-matter-what culture. In the past 11 years I reckon I had spent about 15K on the repairs. To say that it costs an average of about 3500+ to service per month is beyond me. No matter whatever the reasons, it is just not justifiable to spent the millions on Merc’s when there are equally reliable and luxurious and cheaper Japanese models around. Apart from that, have the trengganu gomen think about the outflow of currency?

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