The Kelantan Exco are all driving Mercedes Benzes: 14 of them!

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Deputy MB: We got a Merc each, cheaper to maintain than old Protons

N Faizal Ghazali

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Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Mohd Amar Abdullah and other state leaders were also given new Mercedes Benz cars, which he said are safer and cheaper to maintain than the old Protons used as official cars before.

He said a total of 14 cars were purchased for the executive council members and state secretary.

According to the PAS leader, the cars were bought since 2018, with the last two purchased for Menteri Besar Ahmad Yakob and himself.

However, he said the models differed in engine sizes and were not the same as the menteri besar’s, which is an S450L AMG Line with a reported price tag of above RM600,000.

“Yes, all excos, the menteri besar and myself, are now using Mercedes Benz cars as our official cars but with different engine capacities.

“I started using the car since the end of December whereas the menteri besar since Jan 1.

“We bought the cars because the previous official cars (Proton Perdana) were more than 10-years-old while some of the former excos had bought over their official cars after the last general election,” he said when met in Kota Bharu.

The deputy menteri besar, however, was clueless about the price of the new cars since it falls under the finance department.

“Price is not an issue because the (state) government obtained a 50 percent discount because there was no tax imposed. I don’t know the actual price but there was a discount.

“The issue of us using Mercedes Benz does not arise because this has been used since the time of the late (Kelantan menteri besar) Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat,” he added.

Yesterday, the Kelantan Menteri Besar’s Office described the suggestion that it had used the federal government’s special allocation to purchase luxury cars as a “malicious slander”.

This was after Kelantan Pakatan Harapan chairperson Husam Musa questioned the source of funds for the purchase of the menteri besar’s new official car.

“For the record, the state government’s decision to replace official cars for the state leadership was made through a statement by the deputy menteri besar as far back as Sept 12, 2018.

“The state government had decided to replace the official cars for the menteri besar and state exco members in stages, after evaluating the old vehicles that had been in use since 10 to 12 years ago,” it said.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/507388

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Deputy MB: We got a Merc each, cheaper to maintain than old Protons

N Faizal Ghazali

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Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Mohd Amar Abdullah and other state leaders were also given new Mercedes Benz cars, which he said are safer and cheaper to maintain than the old Protons used as official cars before.

He said a total of 14 cars were purchased for the executive council members and state secretary.

According to the PAS leader, the cars were bought since 2018, with the last two purchased for Menteri Besar Ahmad Yakob and himself.

However, he said the models differed in engine sizes and were not the same as the menteri besar’s, which is an S450L AMG Line with a reported price tag of above RM600,000.

“Yes, all excos, the menteri besar and myself, are now using Mercedes Benz cars as our official cars but with different engine capacities.

“I started using the car since the end of December whereas the menteri besar since Jan 1.

“We bought the cars because the previous official cars (Proton Perdana) were more than 10-years-old while some of the former excos had bought over their official cars after the last general election,” he said when met in Kota Bharu.

The deputy menteri besar, however, was clueless about the price of the new cars since it falls under the finance department.

“Price is not an issue because the (state) government obtained a 50 percent discount because there was no tax imposed. I don’t know the actual price but there was a discount.

“The issue of us using Mercedes Benz does not arise because this has been used since the time of the late (Kelantan menteri besar) Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat,” he added.

Yesterday, the Kelantan Menteri Besar’s Office described the suggestion that it had used the federal government’s special allocation to purchase luxury cars as a “malicious slander”.

This was after Kelantan Pakatan Harapan chairperson Husam Musa questioned the source of funds for the purchase of the menteri besar’s new official car.

“For the record, the state government’s decision to replace official cars for the state leadership was made through a statement by the deputy menteri besar as far back as Sept 12, 2018.

“The state government had decided to replace the official cars for the menteri besar and state exco members in stages, after evaluating the old vehicles that had been in use since 10 to 12 years ago,” it said.

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/507388

It’s official: 14 Mercedes Benzs in Kelantan are for state govt use

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 — The Kelantan deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah has confirmed that purchase of Mercedez Benz was not only for official use of the Mentri Besar, but also used by the other state leaders, Malaysiakini reported today.

Mohd Amar revealed that a total of 14 the Mercedes Benz models were bought for state executive council members and state secretary.

He added the purchases started from 2018 up until last year with the last car bought for himself and the Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob.

“Yes, all the excos, the Mentri Besar and myself are now using Mercedes Benz cars as official vehicles, but their engine capacity are different.

“I have been using it since the end of December, while the Mentri Besar started on January 1 (this year).

“We are buying new cars as most cars have been used for over 10 years and with some excos vacating their offices after general election, and did not buy new official vehicles they used,” he told reporters when met at the Panchor assemblyman’s office in Kota Bharu today.

Yesterday, Malaysiakini reported that a luxury Mercedes Benz S 450 L AMG line was said to be Kelantan Mentri Besar Ahmad Yakob’s new official vehicle. This sparked a heated discussion on social media.

The vehicle with the DV 1 license plate was confirmed to be purchased by the Kelantan state government to replace the Mentri Besar’s official vehicle valued at over RM600,000.

According to a statement from the Kelantan Mentri Besar’s office yesterday, the state government has decided to gradually replace the official vehicles for the use of the Mentri Besar and state excos after conducting inspection on old vehicles used for the past 10 to 12 years.

Meanwhile, Mohd Amar explained that the purchase of the Mercedes Benz was made based on the importance of safety and based on experience of the maintenance of the Mercedes Benz was more economical than the Proton Perdana which is an old car.

However, he was unaware of the price of a Mercedes Benz since purchases were done by the finance department.

“The prices don’t matter because the state government gets a 50 per cent discount because they are not taxed.

“I don’t know the exact price but there are discounts.

“So, there is no issue with our use of the Mercedes Benz since it was used during the time of the late Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat,” he said.

It was reported by the news portal that the Kelantan Mentri Besar’s Office had decried the suggestion it had used the federal government’s special allocation to purchase luxury cars as a “malicious slander”.

This came after Kelantan Pakatan Harapan chairman Datuk Husam Musa questioned the source of funds for the purchase of the Mercedes S540 L AMG for the use of the Kelantan Mentri Besar allegedly priced above RM600,000.

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