Jul 25, 2008
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin said the state was committed to its present Proton Perdanas although the cars were five years old.
“It is true that some of the cars are high-maintenance but it is not as high as claimed by the Terengganu Government,” he said yesterday.
Asked how much the state spend on maintenance for the Proton Perdanas, Nizar said it was reasonable by Proton’s standard.
“There are one or two that need a change of gearbox due to extensive use,” he added.
Speaking to reporters after launching the public service work quality group convention at the State Secretariat building here, Nizar reiterated that the state had no plans to buy Mercedes-Benz cars.
Nizar was asked to comment on the Terengganu Government’s purchase of 14 Mercedes E200 Kompressor at RM3.43mil for the use of its state executive councillors and senior officials.
Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said was reported as saying that the state government had planned to buy the cars for a long time now to replace its Proton Perdana V6 Executive fleet in a move to cut maintenance costs.
On another matter, Nizar said the state had approved 187 lots to relocate residents staying next to the double tracking rail project.
The residents had claimed that the project was the cause of floods hitting their homes.
“However because of some problems such as compensation, the residents refused to move out,” Nizar said, adding that the state had yet to determine whether it was the project that caused floods.
“At the moment, we are working something out with the Drainage and Irrigation Department,” he added.