Saturday, July 26, 2008

Flip Flop Flip Flop

Mula Mula tak kasi

Drive national cars, says DPM

LUMUT: All senior ministry officials and state government excos must use national cars instead of foreign vehicles, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

This was a longstanding policy and the Cabinet would, therefore, meet to discuss why Terengganu found it necessary to spend RM3.43mil to buy 14 Mercedes E200 Kompressor cars.

“I use national cars and the Prime Minister uses national cars, too,” he told reporters after chairing a Malaysia Defence Industry Council meeting at the naval base here yesterday.

He was commenting on Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said defending the state’s decision to buy the Mercedes to replace its Proton Perdana V6 Executive fleet as a cost-cutting measure.

Ahmad had said the Mercedes were cheaper to maintain, would save on fuel costs and fetch a high market price when sold as second-hand cars.


Pas tu OK

PM okays Merc for T'ganu govt (updated)

KUALA TERENGGANU: Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said was in a jubilant mood Friday stressing that the Mercedes-Benz saga ended after the meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Thursday, indicating that he had received the PM’s blessings to use the German-made vehicles as official cars.

Ahmad also met with Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the same venue. "Yes, we (Abdullah and Najib) reached a consensus on the matter during the meeting at Putra World Trade Centre (on Thursday). The matter has been solved. I can't elaborate further," he said Friday after opening the Seri Kandi's Annual General Meeting at his official residence here.

The Terengganu Government was criticised recently after it purchased 14 Mercedes E200 Kompressors for RM3.43mil.

Ahmad said both leaders have told him that the matter is solved and should be laid to rest.

Asked whether the Mercedes Benz E200 Kompressor could be now regarded as official cars for state executive councillors and ex officio, Ahmad quipped ``Make your own presumption. I was told the matter has been solved."

Ahmad described his meeting with both Abdullah and Najib as cordial.

"I explained my rationale for switching the Proton Perdanas to Mercedes-Benz and they have accepted it.

"I told them that the state government has not spent extravagantly and the decision to procure the Mercedes was done after two years of evaluation," he said.

When reporters continued to pose questions whether the Mercedes would be used a official cars, Ahmad replied ``Wait and see.

"Let me stress again that this matter is solved and I have also received support from other state leaders and ministers on my move (to replace the Proton Perdanas)."

Ahmad was seen beaming throughout the press conference and also welcomed the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) to investigate the purported high cost of maintaining the Proton Perdana V6 Executive.

The state owns 16 of these Proton Perdanas and the servicing cost had hit a whopping RM1.07mil over the last four years.

Ahmad said ACA should carry out the probe diligently as he has no qualms assisting the agency.

"I also urge them (the ACA) to probe the high service charges by Spanco," he said.

Spanco Sdn Bhd is the service agent engaged by the Federal Government to maintain the fleet of Proton Perdanas.

Ahmad said the state government's move should not be seen as giving preference to Mercedes and deserting the national car. "Proton should take it constructively to enhance their quality. Even my previous official car as an exco had no seatbelt buckle and had inferior safety features," he added.


Pas tu tak boleh la pulak. Orang lain pulak boleh pakai

Merc for visiting foreign dignitaries, says PM (updated)

PUTRAJAYA: The Terengganu state government will have to abide by the Cabinet decision not to use its newly purchased Mercedes as the official cars for its executive councillors.

However, the 14 cars would instead be used for visiting foreign dignitaries and guests of the state.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said that while the state government was told to abide by the Cabinet’s earlier decision on the Mercedes E200 Kompressors, losses would be incurred if the cars that were already bought by the state government were to be sold off.

The state government had replaced its fleet of Proton Perdana V6 Executive with the 14 Mercedes cars at RM3.43mil for the use of its state executive councillors and senior officials, citing high maintenance costs of the Proton cars as a reason.

Speaking after attending the National Academic Awards 2007 event at the Putrajaya International Convention Center yesterday, Abdullah said he and his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had discussed the matter with Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said on Thursday.

“Yesterday (Thursday) Najib and I in a meeting with the MB discussed the matter and we said that the important thing was that the Cabinet had decided the state government should not use the cars for its excos,” he said.

“I said use the Mercedes cars for guests who are visiting,” he added.

Earlier Friday, Ahmad said, "We (Abdullah and Najib) reached a consensus on the matter during the meeting at Putra World Trade Centre (on Thursday). The matter has been solved."

Ahmad said both leaders had told him that the matter is solved and should be laid to rest.


*Everyday ada announcement baru pasal kes kereta mercedes ni. Yang Pak Lah kejap-kejap kata tak boleh kena pakai Proton, Pas tu boleh pulak, Pastu tak boleh pulak. Memang sah dia PM flip flop

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