A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Official Cars

A recent Malaysiakini report (see below) serves as a useful guide particularly to political leaders regarding the use of government facilities in the run-up to elections.

Do not abuse gov’t machinery, Najib told
Rahmah Ghazali | Aug 21, 08 6:29pm
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today accused Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak of abusing government machinery in the Permatang Pauh by-election campaign.He said this was particularly evident when Najib used an airplane provided by the Defence Ministry to fly Olympic silver medalist Lee Chong Wei into Permatang Pauh to receive a RM300,000 cheque.”I cannot understand why he (Najib) is using government machinery, for example sending Lee to the Butterworth air-force base.

“This is the most improper use of defence facilities for political purposes,” Lim said, adding that it was “quite clear” that Lee was manipulated into agreeing to receive the cheque in Permatang Pauh.lee chong wei najib cheque award permatang pauh by election 210808 07

The Bagan DAP parliamentarian also questioned why the prize-giving ceremony had to take place in Permatang Pauh when it would have been more convenient and cost efficient to have it in Kuala Lumpur.

“And I heard Lee is back in KL today. Why couldn’t he (Najib) have presented it here today? Why did he have to give it there?” Lim asked.

Don’t abuse government machinery

Lim stressed that government machinery should only be used for official, not political purposes.

“Why does he (Najib) use the air-force base when he goes campaigning? If he uses the international airport, then it is alright,” he said, adding that an air-force base should not be used for political functions.

Lim said he used his own private car when he went to Permatang Pauh to campaign.

“He (Najib) represents the government, I also represent the (Penang) government but when I go to Permatang Pauh to campaign, I use my private car rather than my official car,” said Lim.

“We have to draw the line between public purpose and private purpose. If we cannot make that decision, we are just encouraging money politics,” he said.


6 Responses to “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Official Cars”

  1. 1 Maverick 22 August 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Fairdinkum ,
    ask the DPM, is this your father’s country…

  2. 2 ali allah ditta 22 August 2008 at 4:28 pm

    …..but do U think BPR got the teloq to query Najib why?

  3. 3 K S Ong 22 August 2008 at 4:29 pm

    I suppose the logic goes like this: Najib is defending BN against someone who has made known his intention to topple the government. So as Defence Minister, he is entitled to use Defence Ministry’s facilities for the purpose.

    Datuk-to-be Lee Chong Wei’s presence in Permatang Pauh is a coincidence, like so many coincidences lately. So was Saiful, who happens to like Najib more than Anwar. Freedom of choice mah.

    Khairy is eager to bury Anwar because Anwar’s success spells doom for him.

  4. 4 Volcano 22 August 2008 at 4:57 pm

    The difference is clear.
    Najb says,
    Government is mine and I am the Government. So I can use anything that belongs to the Government.

  5. 5 chris chong 22 August 2008 at 5:15 pm

    just informed him that altantuya is standing behind him.

  6. 6 queequeg 22 August 2008 at 5:38 pm

    It seems like YB Lim Guan Eng has a point there. Even though he is a non-muslim he actually emulates a good example of the teachings in Islam. Quo vadis Najib? Don’t you realise, Najib, that it is highly embarrassing for a non-muslim to be more aware of the separation of responsiblity between personal & official duty. Oh, I forgot, you are not embarrassed at all…no more face water. All drained out already.

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