Monday, January 12, 2009

The Toyota Camry issue

Recently, we have news of the Selangor and Perak state governments receiving their first batch of Toyota Camrys for the use of their state executive councillors and senior state officials. Previously it was the Trengganu state government who opted to buy in the Mercedes Benz to replace the ageing Proton Perdanas in their state.

Selangor Umno liaison committee chairman Dr Mohd Khir Toyo yesterday made a fuss out of all this issue again by saying the cost savings initiated by the Pakatan Rakyat state governments were a bluff. What bluff? In fact Dr Khir had a lots to explain on all the conditions and over expenditures of all the Proton Perdanas service during his reign.

Remember, what happened during the Selangor state executive councillor Ronnie Liu's travelling previously? His Proton Perdana which he was in it suddenly mulfunction and the bonnet was blown open while on the road which almost kill both Ronnie and his driver.

When the incident was reported to Proton, the Proton service managers tried to avoid the faulty reports and gave a lots of lame excuses, this and that, here and there and so on. Proton even went to an extend of blaming the drivers of the official vehicle even after facts after facts were produced to confirm the negligence in serivicing.

Prior to this, we also had reports that the respective state government had found out that the repairs or servicing of these Proton Perdanas had gone up to hundred thousands of Ringgit and in total cost of serivicing the entire fleet of these official cars, it came up about millions of Ringgit. Some of the vehicle serivicing agents and dealers were even being called up by authorities for questioning for a possible corrupt practice being taken place.

So during the Umno's reign in these state governments previously, were there any transparencies in sending all these car for serivicing, repairs, etc, etc? Are these serivicing agents or dealers related to Umno and are all these cars' spare parts were replaced with the cheap and low quality ones?

All these needed to be checked, looked into it deeply and upfront the decision by the Selangor and Perak state governments to replace their ageing Perdanas with the more reliable Camrys should not be questioned and politicised as an issue. Let us all look back the facts and figures first, what are the cause and who are the cause to all these previously.

It is totally being unfair to put all the blame on the Pakatan Rakyat state government when they reported any faulty conditions of the vehicles or any wrongdoings arise when they took over after the 8 March general elections last year.

It is usual for Dr Khir to continue to complain and politicising this issue in order to cover up the previous weaknesses and power abuses of his administration. No wonder BN was voted out.

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