The whole country was set abuzz when Terengganu when they "defied" Federal Government's directive that all Government officials must use the National Car. Proton that is.
These folks in Terengganu then told Federal Govt.. to go fly kite... they are going for the spanking new Mercedes E200 Kompressors.... One of the country's poorest states is getting Mercedes for their Exco Members. Wonder if other states will go down the same road?
Initially the whole fiasco involved the cabinet as well! Gosh... the wayang involving the "director and producer even in cameo appearance". Cabinet decided to "reprimand" the State for "going against" directive..... konon...
Today, they Director say, "Sorry ah... you guys can go on using the Merc. Wayang time over liao."
Further to that some news with regards to repair cost... some interesting comments HERE
Apparently State Treasury takes about 1 to 2 months to pay the workshops... I see... A workshop owner admitted that he charges 25% more because of that. Whoa!!!! Ah long also wont get such a rate man! 25% for 1 or two months!?
Reading pleasure: HERE
A WHOPPING RM235,123.08 was paid to maintain the Proton Perdana V6 Executive used by former Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh from 2004 to this year, Utusan Malaysia reported.
The daily said that state Commerce, Industry and Environment Committee chairman Toh Chin Yaw's vehicle cost RM175,229.79 to maintain.
The third on the list was state Agriculture and Regional Development Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Jidin Shafie (RM95,178.15) while the fourth was current Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said (RM92,995.18).
Among all, Datuk Wan Hisham Wan Salleh recorded the lowest figure where only RM15,069.32 was spent on maintenance of his vehicle.
Both Mohd Jidin and Wan Hisham bought the cars for their personal use.
Err... so we are led to believe that all the councillors work "very hard" while Datuk Wan Hisham is the laziest of the lot? Or is he the most honest of the lot? Even the current MB is not spared... Rm93k over 4 years?
With such maintenance cost, they might as well change car every 2 years!
Proton however came out to save their own butt when they say no warranty claim was forthcoming from Terengganu state government... so now whose fault? Who makan-ed?
Joe thinks, easiest is to point the finger to the Driver lor... the driver collaborated with the workshop. Wishy washy investigation.. case closed. Everything okay... life goes on... and on...