This is what we all get for having an unwise Prime Minister whom nobody respects. Not even from his own team members!
MERC FOR VISITING FOREIGN DIGNITARIES, SAYS PM
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.
Wow! What a clever idea from Dictator Dollah. So he thinks that from now on, many, many foreign dignitaries are going to visit Terengganu on a daily basis? I DOUBT THAT.
Why would foreign dignitaries need to be chauffered in a Mercedes in the first place? Is the BN government not in the right mind to promote locally made cars? Were all the past foreign dignitaries that came to Terengganu before this were made to climb taxis all over the state? What happened to the previous cars used for the visiting dignitaries?
And, to justify the lost opportunity to use these cars, I’m sure the MB of terengganu will now HAVE TO buy the Perdana Executives that will cost the state another RM2 million for their Excos!
The excuse for not selling the cars was that they will incur losses. Firstly, since when the state is thinking like an profit seeking company? Of course there will be some losses. But Mercedes have high resell values do they not? The quicker they sell it, the smaller the losses. And secondly, it is only good economical sense to depart with the cars anyway. They do no have to think further about their maintenance costs for the next 4 years, the really high yearly insurance payments as well as the high petrol guzzling consumption of the Kompressor engines.
But it is all too late now. This could have been easily avoided if our dear old Pak Lah could have just stayed awake long enough in his meetings with the state governments.
So what do we get in the end? Over RM5 million lost just because nobody respects Pak Lah anymore! This is just a poor case of face saving exercise which hopefully, the rakyat could overlook.
My dear Dictator, don’t think with all the baloney going on involving Anwar and his pet poodle Raja Petra, I have forgotten about you. No I haven’t. I am still watching you… bila nak resign? Cepat sikit boleh?
And don’t get me started with Zaid Ibrahim! Now he is just in a class of his own. That was not a compliment people!