Power-driven Perak Exco in a sluggish economy?

The Perak state government is back in the limelight again, but perhaps for yet another wrong reason.

It’s about its widely publicised desire to buy a fleet of new imported cars to replace the old Proton Perdanas. Perak senior executive councillor Ngeh Koo Ham declared that the state leadership preferred Toyota Camry 2.4V to the relatively cheaper Camry 2.0E because the state leaders would need to do a lot of travels, and travel fast!

For one thing, it would be quite insensitive of the state Exco to buy the more expensive version of the Camry especially at a time when the economy is slowing down, money is tight and some workers are getting retrenched. Not that it makes good sense to buy the expensive Camry at a time when the economy does well.

Secondly, how often do the state leaders have to rush and drive fast? Besides, surely the Camry 2.0E, if at all there is a need to buy this expensive make, would be good and strong enough to transport them from point A to point B without much difficulty?

The state Exco may want to go slow on this car purchase plan given its ramifications.

Here’s an extract of that Bernama story:

IPOH, Dec 23 (Bernama) — After much questioning by many parties, Perak senior executive councillor Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham finally explained why the state government chose the Toyota Camry 2.4V and not the cheaper entry-level Toyota Camry 2.0E as the new official car to replace their fleet of Perdana V6 Executive.

He said the Toyota Camry 2.4V was chosen because state executive councillors (excos) and senior officers needed a powerful car to use for their official business.

“Some feel that the 2.0 litre model is underpowered and some think that it is good enough, but for us who have do all the travelling and sometimes need to rush, the 2.4 litre model is more reasonable,” he told reporters here today.

The Toyota Camry 2.0E is priced at RM141,109 while the Toyota Camry 2.4V which is RM167,000.

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8 Responses to “Power-driven Perak Exco in a sluggish economy?”


  1. 1 bangsa Cina Malaysia 24 December 2008 at 7:06 am

    I am a manager and have been doing the job of sales for over 10 years and have been driving a faithful 12-year-old Proton Iswara without any problem.

    my suggestion to you guys is to get a second-hand Iswara
    and save up on the rakyat’s hard earned money.

    must state exco go around driving branded cars? what is wrong with a second hand car? is it becoz you guys worry about being laughed at?

    you guys should be setting a good example or you can end up being a one-term only state government.

  2. 2 1288 24 December 2008 at 8:08 am

    same old story……………..one term state government(O T S M)may be?

  3. 3 roy 24 December 2008 at 8:37 am

    Utter nonsense. We have voted for them and entrusted them to do the best for the rakyat. So far they have been doing a great job. This article is a total waste of space as it is dwelling on trivial issues. The perak state govt has made great progress and is bringing in much needed foreign invesment and making sure people in Perak still have jobs and food to it. I’m sick of such trivial matters being brought up. Why the beend govt got nothing else to talk about ah? Get a life. There are bigger issues at stake – ie like the state of the economy. We need this superheroes to do the job fast. So they can’t be driving around in unreliable slow Protons. Screw you. Superheroes need superfast cars. We cannot be lembik and slow – and be left behind. Be practical.

  4. 4 Tony 24 December 2008 at 8:58 am

    A camry 2.0 or 2.4 are capable of cruising at 110 kph. in fact all cars including the kancil can touch that. what does the powerful exco mean about going fast and doing a lot of travels. is he so powerful that he and his driver can tear down the road at 200kph to go round and round perak. hahahaaaaaa

  5. 5 zack 24 December 2008 at 10:11 am

    Haiya you all, Camry 2.4 is a better car lah, in the long run you can save more on fuel. Have you driven a 2.0 and 2.4 Camry before? The 2.0 is very sluggish and fuel guzzler. Don’t make a fuss about this small issue lah.

  6. 6 lulu 24 December 2008 at 11:57 am

    the 2.0 is just enough to power a car that size. just borderline underpowered.
    i cant blame them for buying a 2.4 cos an borderline-underpowered car can be quite a pain.

  7. 7 Johnny Cheah 24 December 2008 at 2:43 pm

    So they need bigger cc cars because they travel a lot and they need to get there fast. I honestly think this is a lot of utter rubbish. Not even 1 year in office and already behaving like BN people. If you need to travel fast, why not get a kancil. they can really travel fast and of course save the rakyats’ money on insurance, road tax and very important, PETROL. Better still, get a motorbike, now this capcai will take you to places super fast, you know why, it will not get caught in traffic jams, So go and buy the capcai

  8. 8 Joseph Tan 24 December 2008 at 3:40 pm

    aiya, BN had been wasting money for the past 51 years, why complain of this kacang putih money ?


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