i want a mercedes too, because proton perdana sucks
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
No Oil Royalty Used To Purchase 14 Mercedes E200 Official Cars, Says MB
Written by St Low
Monday, 21 July 2008
KUALA TERENGGANU, July 20 (Bernama) -- No oil royalty was used to purchase 14 Mercedes E200 Kompressors at RM3.43 million as official cars for Terengganu executive councillors and senior state government officials, according to Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said. In defending the state government's decision to purchase the expensive cars to replace the Proton Perdana V6 Executive cars for the same official use, he said it was meant to save cost in the long run as the maintenance of the Proton Perdana cars was too high.
If it's not coming from oil money, maybe it's from tax money. Nice. That makes me feel a whole lot better. My hard earned tax money being used to furnish government officials with a sweet ass ride. This is just fucking great.
What about spending some of that money reduce poverty or provide better education for everyone? Welfare seems like a good idea. Reducing the burden of the people when it comes to subsidies like toll, petrol, power and utilities, seems like a good idea. According to Wikipedia, the per capita income is around RM 2075.00. It might look like a lot of money there, but let's try and break it down.
Utilities bill (water, electricity, telecom): RM 200
Rental/House loan: RM 800
Food: RM 1200 (300 per person, average family size in Malaysia, is around 4)
Transport: RM 500
That's almost RM 2500 already. That doesn't include stuff like cable TV, broadband services and such.
What about how much we are paying for education in Malaysia (eventhough I still think we have one of the cheapest education in the world, government funded ones anyways)?
I stumbled upon this website while I was look for some budgetry information for my work the other day. Maybe the cost of education is cheap, but the cost of sending your kids to school is a nightmare.
Did you know, with RM 3.43 million, we can afford to buy:
- 62,364 pairs of male primary school uniform (@RM55/set) OR
- 57,167 pairs of female primary school uniform (@RM60/set) OR
- 226,667 pairs of school shoes (@RM15/pair) OR
- 3,430,000 packets of nasi lemaks for breakfast(@RM1/packet) OR
- 85,750 school kids can take school bus to school (@RM40/month)
And that's just the tip of it.
"We are not saying that the national car is not good, but the reality is that in less than two years of use, the cars had to be repaired due to faulty components like the gear box.
"We are not saying that the national car is not good"? Fuck off! You are saying exactly that. But nothing to be embarassed about. I say it all the time. But these people are saying it in the wrong fucking context.
"For example, the car used by the Trade, Industry and Environment Committee chairman Toh Chin Yaw had been repaired twice costing RM50,000. But the Merdeces cars, although expensive to purchase, will incur us less maintenance cost in the long term," he explained.
Let's see. Cost of a Proton Perdana (as off today is RM 101485.05). With 3.43 million, you can buy around 34 units of Proton Perdana. Even if it breaks down after a year or 2. You can still replace them with new Perdana's and it would still be cheaper than getting a Mercedes.
Ahmad was asked by reporters about the reported purchase of the Mercedes cars, after attending a 'tahlil' function held in conjunction with the birthday of the Terengganu Sultan, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, at Istana Maziah here, Sunday.
The function was also attended by Terengganu Regency Advisory Council member Tengku Sri Laksamana Raja Tengku Sulaiman Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah, state executive councillors and state assemblymen.
Ahmad said the purchase of the Mercedes E200 cars was financed by a sum allocated earlier by the state government and not by oil royalty.
"How could we use the oil royalty when we have not even received it from the federal government?" he said.
I have lost faith in 'ye. Thank god, I live in KL where my politicians waste my money by taking helicopter rides instead of driving Perdana cars. It's way more economical. Right.
That's just fucking great.