Don’t buy Proton Perdana! Go Mercedes!

Terengganu officials switch car brand

KUALA TERENGGANU: State exco members and senior officers started using their new Mercedes-Benz E200 Kompressor cars today.

The state bought 14 of the luxury cars for RM3.43mil to replace the Proton Perdana V6 Executive cars that had been purchased in 2004.

The new cars are for the exco members, the state assembly speaker, the state secretary, the state legal adviser and the state finance officer.

The new cars with tinted windows carry the state emblem with the wording “Exco Kerajaan Negeri” embossed on the number plate.

State Secretary Datuk Mokthar Nong said the decision to use Mercedes-Benz cars was made several months ago.

The state took delivery of the cars earlier this month.

He said the German cars were bought for the safety of the state officials who had to travel extensively and to reduce the cost of maintenance.

“After much evaluation, the state felt the Mercedes-Benz cars are more reliable for long term use. It was also time to replace the Proton Perdanas,” he added.

(Source: The Star Online)

Mercedes E200 Kompressor

1. Proton Perdana not safe and maintenance cost higher than Mercedes!!!!! :shock:

2. It was also time to replace the Proton Perdanas – bought in 2004. :???:

3. It seems like the state new exco members’ life are more precious than the previous members and probably their safely also more important than Pak Lah himself. Pak Lah is driven around in his No. 13 Proton Perdana.

4. Cakap tak serupa bikin.

Opt for locally-made products, says Abdullah

PUTRAJAYA: The people must have confidence in using locally-made products to renew interest in research and development of local technologies, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said yesterday.

“If we do not buy local products, there will be no interest to develop research and the technology used will be wasted,” the prime minister said

(Source: NST)

5. Compare BN-led state and Pakatan Rakyat-led state.

“In comparison, during the first weeks of new governance, the present Penang state government has decided to cancel the orders of new official cars for exco members placed by the previous administration”

(Source: Screenshot)

From the article above:

“State Secretary Datuk Mokthar Nong said the decision to use Mercedes-Benz cars was made several months ago.”

Several months ago? Since March 8 only a few months ago, this is likely the most important decision made when the new state exco was appointed. :up: Then in today’s paper, Terengganu’s MB defended the purchase of the 14 new Mercedes E200 Kompressor – a whooping RM3.43million:

MB on why Terengganu bought Mercedes cars

KUALA TERENGGANU: The state government has defended the purchase of 14 Mercedes E200 Kompressor cars at RM3.43mil for the use of its state executive councillors and senior officials.

Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said said the state government had planned to purchase the cars for a long time now to replace its Proton Perdana V6 Executive fleet in a move to cut cost.

“Please understand that the Proton Perdanas go through continuous long-distance journeys. It’s costing us a lot of money due to high cost of maintenance.

“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.

Ahmad 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.

“This is the state’s long-term plan – we are farsighted. The cars could also fetch a high market price, when sold as second-hand cars.

“We studied all angles before deciding to buy the Mercedes E200 cars,” he added.

Ahmad also denied that the oil royalty money was used to buy the cars.

“In the first place we have yet to receive the oil royalties from the Federal Government.

“The funds to procure the cars were from our own coffers and has nothing to do with the oil royalties,” he said.

(Source: The Star Online)

Long distance journey? We all aware they travel by jets or MAS business class all the time. Oh? Mercedes cars are cheaper to maintain and could save fuel costs, that’s something new.. to me.

I wonder what kind of parts can cost RM50k, we were talking about Perdana, not Porche or BMW. Probably the repair costs marked up as well?? Fishy.. Or probably Terengganu exco members are big fans of Pimp My Ride? :arrow:

ps: |1f34|-|1r3 aka Life4Hire is not happy he’s not getting his Mercedes. He’s jealous and he called them suckers. :lol: Read it here.

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17 Responses to “Don’t buy Proton Perdana! Go Mercedes!”

  1. |1f34|-|1r3 wrote on Jul 21, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    first..i want to include the quote from Pak Lah..but i was too lazy to do that…

    2. i wanted too include Lim Guan Eng’s decision too..but again i was too lazy to search for it.

    3. why my merc looks exactly the same with yours ?? google image got no other picture aaaaaa ?

    4. despite all 3 points above…i still love reading your blog and thanks for linking me back..haha… :up: ..bong is the best…for sure aku rooting utk ko kalau NH fitnah ko kena sodom !!


  2. clement wrote on Jul 21, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    this one syok.. of course.. i wan also… how kam baru change? sibu all minister have at least one of that….. and also a ninja king. all with QSG plate


  3. |1f34|-|1r3 wrote on Jul 21, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    sorry bong..bukan ko kena sodom..tp ko sodom org lain….haha….yeah..first to comment again :up:


  4. missedtheprogram wrote on Jul 21, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    The purchase of mercedeses is…another Malay thing. Status bah!! Tak de duit tak pe,janji bergaya,one wonders why the ministers are knee deep in corruption?
    Good comment on this one, sorry about the previous post, obviously you have friends who are very quick to come to your defense; keep them;friends like that hard to find.
    I have finally seen the recording of the debate, you were spot on about the mouth foaming, Datuk S.C is no match for DSAI for obvious reasons. We should have sent in the PM/DPM but I guess they were too chicken..


  5. Saggie wrote on Jul 21, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Missed the program…whats with the “another Malay thing” remarks !!!

    Are you a racist ?


  6. bongkersz wrote on Jul 21, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Please do not equate such attitude with any race, or else the talk about chinese are liars, malays are dumbs, indians are drunkards will never end. It has nothing to do with race, after all race is just a overused, overrated, concocted term used fondly by politicians to divide people. Science shows that 99.9 percent of our DNA is the same, so what is this crap about race? ‘Race’ is only skin deep. Well, you can always say, it exists, it just depends upon the definition of race from the person who is asking the question.

    No biggie on your previous comment 🙂 Good friends are hard to find, that is very true. Ugh, PM vs DSAI? I would volunteer myself to face the sleeping PM. 😀


  7. bongkersz wrote on Jul 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    that’s why i quoted pak lah, he’s so quotable..

    haha, i googled the merc’s photo, that one looks the best.. paling cool 😀
    linking back.. biasa jer 😛 *pat pat*


  8. zewt wrote on Jul 21, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    cheaper in the long run…. hahahaha… that really got me there.

    looks like this new guy in terengganu is picking up the pieces nicely.


  9. justin wrote on Jul 22, 2008 at 8:40 am

    come to think of it, it is actually a sound purchase if the state government doesnt have to pay any tax for it. Do remember that the Perdana we’re talking about is the Executive version which has a longer wheelbase and cost about RM 200k when it was new and the re-sale value of the Executive version is certainly crappy (about RM 60k for a 04 model), compare it to a E200K, the state government can still sell it away at their cost price (RM 200k+) after 3/4 years. Camry or Accord are way below their budget (don’t forget that the Perdana Executive costs about RM 200k). Add in the warranty they are getting from Mercedes, the cost of the car is virtually free of charge. The fuel consumption of E200K is actually the same as a Camry 2.0 or Accord 2.0 and the service interval of 15 000 km for the Mercedes is certainly a plus point. (Check the fuel consumption at the respective manufacturers’ website). What’s more, E200K is assembled in Pekan, Pahang (in certain manner, the state government is contributing to the economy)

    In short, the Perdana V6 Executive the government has been purchasing is just a waste of money and certainly cost more money to the taxpayers.


  10. bongkersz wrote on Jul 22, 2008 at 8:53 am

    A very good write up :up: Great observations. 👿 Thanks for the explanations! Perdana Executive cost that much eh? So much for a Proton car.. Thanks for the comment bro!~

    ps: If you ask me.. for a budget below 100k, I would I go for Honda City instead of Proton Waja and the fuel consumption is cheaper/maintenance lower as well :XO:


  11. missedtheprogram wrote on Jul 22, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Sorry Bong but I am afraid I have to beg to differ on this one. It is a Malay thing you wanna know why? When me and my other half went abroad to do our respective postgraduate degrees, for the ten years we were there, the power of obervation says it all. It was not our Chinese student compariots who were clamouring to buy branded cars or Italian furniture or our dear Indian student friends who were going berserk over fine bone china dining sets to stuff into their respective containers to bring back to Malaysia but who else but yours truly my beloved race. Saggie asked if I was racist, maybe I am , but only and ONLY to my own race. I do not care about the asumption that Chinese are (quote)liars, Indians are drunks (unquote);it does not bother me. I am just sick to death of the Malays who have become complacent with the ‘crutches’ the Govt has given them and not do a damn thing to improve our country unlike some of us.
    Then have the cheek to confuse these priveleges as rights and get angry with our other friends from the other races when inequality taps on their shoulders.U tell me , what is that?

    The sad thing is not a lot of us Malays bothers to check the book of constitution coz if they did boy wouldn’t they be surprised to find that being a malay only gives you special “PRIVELEGES” and not “RIGHTS”. All you Malays out there, if you are doing well due to hard work and perserverance, good for you as you are the type the country hopes for. But for those who aren’t please stop insulting hardworking Malays like myself and give us a bad name.Go merempit in another country.
    And Bong, to finish my story with the “show-off malays” who bring back their Mercs, u wanna now what happened next? In their materialistic pursuit of all things ‘pomp and fancy’ some of them do not finish their PhDs, and for some that do,most of them find that they had to sell their Mercs off for peanuts as they soon realized they could not maintain these cars at their lecturers pay. And my good friend Associate Prof Dr.Mike the non-Malay Cambridge PhD graduate? He is still happy with his basic Proton as he can afford to pay for it and it’s still working. Now that’s what I call priorities in the right place.The kind of attitude we Malays must learn to emulate from our dear non-Malay friends ( who by the way are anak jati Malaysia,okay!)
    Thanks for your space Bong, Saggie this one’s for you.


  12. bongkersz wrote on Jul 22, 2008 at 10:09 am

    You are spot on ‘rights and special priviledges’- thanks to the brainwashing by the UMNO, after 50 years, the Malays are getting confused with ‘rights’ and ‘special privileges.’

    I get your points, actually what you said here hmm.. well to be honest many non-Malays do have that kind of perception when it comes to their Malay brethren, but any similar remark or comment coming from them would be deemed ‘racist’ and derogatory. I have no qualm saying Chinese are selfish people that value their life on two and only things – food and MONEY, but I would reserve my opinion on other culture, for the sake of ‘playing safe’ and being ‘politically correct’ 🙄 Not everyone can take any opinion at face value. But do we achieve anything by pointing this out and labeling it to a particular race/group? I damn hope we do. 😕 😕

    Thanks for your comment and I believe Saggie will share his 2 cents on this as well. He is definitely not the type that you portrayed. 🙂


  13. missedtheprogram wrote on Jul 22, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Thanks for the reply,really appreciate it.
    Just to clarify I did not insinuate anything on Saggie, his name was just at the end just in case he was wondering about my reply to his ‘r u racist?’question. BTW,really liked your pantun.Good job.


  14. Saggie wrote on Jul 22, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    I have always said that Internet is in fact the most brilliant invention by the human kind. It is very enlightening for me to stumble into a Malay scholar like you here. I must give credit to my dear buddy Bong for that…
    Since you have somehow introduced yourself, let me introduced myself…I am a proud Malaysian of mix parentage. On the good old Identity card I am a Malay, but if you check my DNA (our GH has a specialist in that apparently), I have Malay, Chinese, Benggali and Jawa blood running in my veins..and with my wife of Malay + Thai parentage…my kids are indeed Asians true and true..
    I tell you something Professor, I was upset at your remark because of two reasons, one because it was stereotyping the Malays and two because I have seen Malays being successful by their own doing.
    I am currently residing and working far from home. Been doing that since 5 years ago. I can vouch to you out here, Malays are doing not that bad. Without any help from the “good” government .. we can still make it…
    Malays do not need any help, and they should stop having all these suspicions on other races in Malaysia. They are not out there “to get you”..Ever since I came out and declare my support to Pakatan Rakyat..I was bombarded with hate mails from all fronts. I don’t care..stupid friends I don’t need..you twats can go and die with that Maggot for all I care. And if I bumped into one more friend who wants to preach me about my political allegiance and shit like that..God help him..

    and to all racists out there, please keep your stupid opinions to yourself..

    Peace Prof
    Yours Truly


  15. missedtheprogram wrote on Jul 22, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Hello Bong,it is good to know you have ‘tight buddies’ whose actions you can anticipate,I envy you and hope I will have tight friends like that! For Saggie, thank you for the comments. I find it also enlightening to be able to stumble into a website where people think quite like me. Good for you when Malays where you are are doing rather nicely on their own, just ensure for me that like yourself please come back to Malaysia when your business is done as God knows we need people like ourselves here..haha..over here its quite a different story and that is where the challenge really is, I suppose perhaps Bong can vouch on that as well? I must admit when I first came back a couple of years back it stumped me a little bit to see what was going off epecially with regards to the complacency and the politics!
    All the same,nice meeting you and Bong ( although only virtually)and I am not yet a Prof;can’t take the title when I dun deserve it yet,can I?


  16. Saggie wrote on Jul 22, 2008 at 3:10 pm


    For sure I will come back to Malaysia. It is my home..and so will our brothers and sisters where I am at the moment (there are about 5,000 of us here..)
    maybe I will look for you…who knows I might end up as a lecturer…


  17. anak saudi wrote on Aug 3, 2008 at 7:37 am

    HAHA…………..things is out of your control now,do you think the rakyat will listen to you?PAKLAH go and fuck your sister in law lah


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