Can you believe it? After 4 (or was it 5?) days of the announcement that the Terengganu flers bought a fleet of Mercedes Benz E200 Kompressor for almost 3 and a half million Ringgits the top story in the dailies today is still about the cars! What? Is nothing else more important that needs addressing and resolving in a country faced with record inflation and other problems? Or is the government purposely doing this to piss the people off and divert attention from other more embarasing and damaging issues facing the ruling coalition?
We got lots of problems and we are talking about cars and who should drive which model???!!!
Okay, if it is their intention to piss me off they sure as hell succeeded! The whole bloody episode is ridiculous. After raising fuel prices and dispensing unsolicited advice to change our lifestyle and plant vegetables on balconies to save hard earned money we are told that a BN state government has purchased a fleet of Mercedes Benz's. And not just normal Mercs but the Kompressor model which cost even more. Then when the outcry hit the excuse proffered was that the Mercs were cheaper to maintain than the approved vehicles, the Proton Banana's...huh? what's that?...oh sorry I mean Perdana's. As if that wasn't enough some fler had the audacity to announce that the state government had spent more than RM131,449 to service and maintain justs one of the Perdana's belonging to the state. What do they do with those offcial cars? Do they race them in rallies or drag them on the streets of KT?
Oh we officials and all have to travel great distances to do our duties you know. Ya right! I don't care if you drive your official Perdana on the Paris-Dakar Rally. If your head is screwed on right you should have known something was wrong and rectified it instead of wasting tax-payers money.
Then I read somewhere that official cars were always sold to the 'officers' for a nominal price after a few years. Then I thought, "Ah so!!!" Is that why BMW's and Mercedes Benz's are better. I mean who would want to buy a 4 year old Perdana even for a nominal price, right? So, while I can I will approve purchases of cars which I would not be ashamed of driving on the highway when I balik kampung for Hari Raya la. Ya! Of course BMW's and Mercs are better cars. Really one. Trust me!
So I thought, what about other makes that are supposedly also prestigious and more reliable and cheaper to maintain than the national Junk? Toyota Camry? Honda Accord? Volvo? Cheaper what. Answer: No la. When I get nominal price I want Beemer or Merc la. Ada gaya ma.
But what about rising cost of everything in Malaysia? Don't you want to lead by example and save the tax-payer's money? Eh! Hello, you don't listen to us ah? We already said that we spend hundred of thousands to repair and maintain the Protons. Mercedes don't need so much ma. So we must save the tax-payers some money isn't it? So we buy a fleet of cars that cost RM3.4 million la. Don't see the logic issit? Stupid!
And they really think we are stupid.
I read in the papers today that the cabinet has approved the purchase of the cars but stated that they are only to be used to ferry VIP guests for official functions!!! What was said exactly was, "...but they can only be used for foreign dignitaries."
“We said (to Ahmad) the important thing was that the Cabinet had decided that the state government should not use the cars for its executive councillors. I said use the Mercedes cars for guests who are visiting”...Prime Minister Badawi.
Ask yourself this question. Now that these executive councillors have those Mercedes Benz's how often more do you think that their Perdanas will break down requiring them to use the Mercs instead? Need me to draw you a picture ah?
If you are from Terrenganu...no even if you're not but just a Malaysian read this and see if it makes you sick to your stomach?
“I told them that the state government has not spent extravagantly and the decision to procure the Mercedes cars was done after two years of evaluation”...Terrenganu Chief Minister. And then to kick you in the balls again...“I have also received support from other state leaders and ministers on my move (to replace the Proton Perdanas).”
Terrenganu is one of the poorest states in Malaysia and they spend 2 years debating whether to buy Mercedes Benz cars??? And have to ask for support from other state leaders and ministers???
Just what the F**K do our elected representatives do with their time???