I heard over the news at TV3 (Buletin Utama) just now that somebody is in trouble for the purchase of 14 brand new E200 Mercs for Terengganu State Government for failing to adhere to standard government practice & procedure.
It was also mentioned during the news that ACA is also investigating whether there were elements of malpractice and corruption (abuse of power) for the said purchases. It was further mentioned that there were mistakes on the amount mentioned as the maintenance costs for the previous MB's official car. Unfortunately it was not elaborated further during the news. We shall know soon enough.
Embedded herewith TV3 Buletin Utama 24/07/08 (Part 1)
"We admit the mistake in the maintenance cost for the former Terengganu menteri besar's car. The cost for 2008 was actually RM27,923.41 and not RM131,596.66," he said at Wisma Darul Iman here.
Read more Terengganu Govt Corrects Figure On Idris' Car
Apparently some of the MBs agreed with the fact that maintenance costs for the Perdana V6 is costly then the merc. Read Pahang, Kelantan MBs back Terengganu over Perdana car maintenance cost and here.
They may have a point, but they must understand that the crux of the issue is with regard to the timing. Now is not the time. You don't go and splurge your reserves and indulge in an extravagant expense or luxury when you are at the same time asking the rakyat to tighten their belts. Know your priority, practice what you preach!
Having said that and in the event there was hanky-panky or abuse of power, one must face the music. What goes around comes around. You'll reap what you sow. No one shall be excluded.
(Photo: Terengganu State Government Homepage -
Caption: Dato' Ahmad Said berenang bersama ikan kelah ketika mengadakan lawatan kerja selama dua hari di Tasik Kenyir.)