Below is The Terengganu MB's explanation as to why they need to buy Mercs rather than Perdanas as reported here
“Please understand that the Proton Perdanas go through continuous
long-distance journeys. It’s costing us a lot of money due to high cost
“We are not saying that the national car is not
good but in reality we are coughing up more money for maintaining the
Proton Perdanas, particularly the gear boxes,” he said.
cited the example of the Proton Perdana of state Commerce, Industry and
Environment committee chairman Toh Chin Yaw, which has twice undergone
expensive repairs costing RM50,000 within 36 months.
“In the long run, Mercedes cars are cheaper to maintain and could also save us fuel costs.
There is a Malay saying "Menegak benang yang basah" or loosely translated to erect wet thread. No, no viagra could do it just as no amount of stupid arguments by the Terengganu MB could persuade the people to buy his story.
50K in 36 months? I know of many people who drive Perdana V6s and they travel alot and none of them have to spend 50K or even half that amount since buying them years ago so why is it that that Terengganu Exco's Perdana had to undergo such repairs? Has he been stealing logs in the Terengganu jungles and using his Perdana to haul them out of the jungle?
Many other states are also using Perdanas but we sure haven't heard maintenance being a problem there? Instead of buying Mercs, perhaps the MB should have a look at his workshop people. Are they fleecing the people with exhorbitant repair charges? Are the officers in the Terengganu government working with these workshops to bleed the state?
Maybe, the Terengganu MB wanted to say that Proton should have a look at their Perdanas especially the gearbox. If that is what he had wanted, he doesn't have to change state cars to Mercs. All he has to do is to make a press statement and the message would get across clearly enough. He does not have to spend 3 million plus just to get a message across.
If he were to mean that Perdanas are lousy, thats what he has just said, no matter how hard he had tried and will try to deny it, he could always have a look at Accords, or Camrys. Now don't tell me they cost as much. Minus whatever taxes, these cars would surely cost less than Mercs. Their maintenance cost is definitely lower than their continental counterpart.
The idiot went on to say that it is not money from oil royalty that was spent because they had not received a single sen yet. If you had not received a single sen yet it means that you are still poor and poor people should not be spending money like that, not in difficult times like this, you idiot.
Anyway whether it is old money or new royalty money it is still money and that amount could be put to better use. Everybody knows that Terengganu is one of the poorest states in the country, so spending that amount just to cool the arses of elected representatives is a very irresponsible thing to do so don't 'tegak benang yang basah'.
Next time tell a better story. Try this one. The air in Terengganu is just not compatible with Perdanas. Whenever the excos get into their Perdanas, their piles will bleed causing the government to spend millions on diapers.
Let me add a little bit more. I am sure many of the excos if not all are already filthy rich and many of them own Mercs already or if they do not have any they are surely able to buy one easily so if they really have to travel in Mercs,then use their own not buy them one with the people's money.