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Monday, July 21, 2008

Terengganu MB say Mercedes cars are cheaper to maintain compared to Proton Perdana

In spite of cost saving campaign launched everywhere to breach through the hard time, Terengganu state government had purchased 14 Mercedes-Benz E200 Kompressor at RM 3.43 millions to replace the Proton Perdana V6 used by its state executive councillors and senior officials. However, Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said argued that the purchase of Mercedes cars to replace the Proton Perdana is a move to cut cost due to high cost in maintaining the Proton Perdana.

Ahmad also say that in long runs, Mercedes cars are cheaper to maintain and cost less on fuel. Furthermore, Mercedes cars have higher resale value.

I like Mercedes-Benz car very much but I have not reach the level to own one yet. For me, Mercedes-Benz is always a symbol of luxury and rich because only the rich can afford to own Mecedes-Benz car in Malaysia. Purchasing Mercedes-Benz to save cost is something that I never thought of before. Maintaining a Proton Perdana is even more expensive than maintaining a Mercedes-Benz is also a new knowledge to me. What do you think ? Do you think owning and maintaining Mercedes-Benz can save cost in long run compared to Proton Perdana ?

The Terengganu Mercedes-Benz as official cars issue has become more interesting as more and more people and state excos get involved.

Selangor, Perak, Kedah, Pahang and Kelantan state governments also voiced out that maintaining a Proton Perdana is very costly. Selangor State Exco, Ronnie Liu hinted that Selangor may choose Toyota Camry as the official cars while Perak exco, Sivanesan, would recommend Toyota Camry or Honda Accord if Perak government wants to get new official cars. However, Perak MB said they will continue to use the fleet of 11 Proton Perdanas. Most states in Malaysia will continue to use Proton Perdana as official car.

Well, back to Terengganu state, the former Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh may sue Terengganu government over the statement issued by the state government that RM 235,123.08 has been used to maintain the Proton Perdana V6 used by Idris. The actual amount spent was RM 131,449.83.

Finally, on Friday (2008-07-25) PM, DPM and Terengganu's Menteri Besar have come to the consensus to keep the 14 Mercedes-Benz for foreign dignitaries and not for state exco. However, at least four of the state excos are still using the Mercedes-Benz E200 after Prime Minister decided state excos not to use the cars.

Proton Holding's Managing Director, Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir has defended Proton by saying Terengganu's car only cost an average of RM 542 per year to maintain. Proton Edar Dealers' Association Malaysia (PEDA) president Wan Ahmad Sepwa Wan Abd Rahman also defended Proton by claiming "something fishy" with the bills and saying "not to insult Proton as an excute to buy a mroe expensive car". Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin will also send an internal audit team to Terengganu to investigate on the alleged high cost to maintain Proton Perdana.

Terengganu government in Penisular Malaysia purchased Mercedes-Benz cars as official cars has created a hot controversy issue in Malaysia. However, in East Malaysia, Sarawak government has used Mercedes-Benz and BMW as official cars for Ministers and Assistant Ministers and it has never been an issue. Minister in Sabah are given 4WD vehicles to travel outstation.

The Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) has taken action by detaining 8 Proton Perdanas to help in the investigation of alleged high maintenance cost. Terengganu's state exco will temporarily use the Mercedes E200 while the ACA investigating the high maintenance cost on the Proton Perdanas.

News Updates:
Suspects nabbed over RM1.07m maintenance bill for Proton Perdana cars - the Star Online (2008-07-28)
The Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) has arrested three car workshop owners and seized eight of the 16 Proton Perdana V6 Executive cars owned by the Terengganu Government.

Seizure of cars forces exco men to use Mercs - the Star Online (2008-07-28)
This has left them with no choice but to use the Mercedes E200 Kompressors for their official duties.

PROTON CHIEF: Audit team to probe high Perdana maintenance costs - nstOnline (2008-07-27)
Proton, the national car manufacturer, will send an internal audit team to Terengganu to investigate the alleged high maintenance costs of RM1.07 million involving the state government’s Proton Perdana V6 Executive.

ACA detains eight Proton Perdana V6 - nstOnline (2008-07-27)
The Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) has detained eight Proton Perdana V6 Executive cars of Terengganu executive councillors (excos) and senior state officials in connection with its investigation into their high cost of maintenance.

RM80mil to maintain government cars - the Star Online (2008-07-27)
The Federal Government is paying RM80mil annually to Spanco Sdn Bhd to have the latter maintain its fleet of 1,400 Proton Perdana V6 Executives and other vehicles designated for official use. This works out to about RM12,000 annually to maintain each of the locally-made luxury-line Proton Perdana leased from Spanco.

Proton suspends Terengganu dealer - the Star Online (2008-07-27)
Proton has suspended one of its dealers in Terengganu for not using genuine spare parts, and for overcharging and performing maintenance outside of warranty terms, said Proton Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir.

Exco men use Merc despite Cabinet order - the Star Online (2008-07-27)
At least four of Terengganu's eight state executive council members are using newly purchased Mercedes-Benz E200 Kompressor cars despite a Cabinet directive against doing so.

Exco Terengganu masih guna Mercedes - Berita Harian Online (2008-07-26)
Di sebalik kontroversi penggunaan Mercedes-Benz E200 Kompressor sebagai kenderaan rasmi, seorang Exco Terengganu turut menggunakan kenderaan itu ketika menghadiri Pesta Flora Malaysia 2008, di Dataran Bandaraya, di sini, semalam.

PM arah guna Perdana - Berita Harian Online (2008-07-26)
Exco dilarang pakai Mercedes; 14 Mercedes-Benz E200 hanya untuk kegunaan tetamu

Where BMW and Mercedes Benz rule - nstOnline (2008-07-26)
While controversy rages over the Terengganu government's choice of official cars, in Sarawak it is a non-issue as the official cars for ministers and assistant ministers had always been either the Mercedes Benz or BMW.

Terengganu's Mercedes Benzes only for foreign VIPs, says PM - the Star Online (2008-07-26)
Terengganu can keep its 14 Mercedes Benzes bought for RM3.43mil recently but they can only be used for foreign dignitaries.

Terengganu’s cars only cost RM542 a year, says Proton - the Star Online (2008-07-26)
The average maintenance cost for each Perdana car sent by the Terengganu Government was only RM542 per year, said Proton Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir.

Merc Perk Controversy: Proton boss disputes excessive cost claims - nstOnline (2008-07-26)
RM542. This is the average amount spent annually by the Terengganu government on each of the 35 Proton Perdanas it sent to Proton authorised service centres.

Merc Perk Controversy: Ex-MB Idris may sue over Perdana issue - nstOnline (2008-07-26)
Former menteri besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh will take legal action against anyone claiming the cost of maintaining the state executive councillors' Proton Perdana V6 Executive cars was high during his tenure.

Merc Perk Controversy: Don't limit scope of probe, says MB - nstOnline(2008-07-26)
Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said wants the Anti-Corruption Agency to probe everything -- the Proton Perdana maintenance cost, the maintenance of cars used by ministers, the Monsoon Cup and the Islamic Civilisation Theme Park.

Idris may sue Terengganu Govt over erroneous figure - the Star Online (2008-07-26)
Former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh is contemplating legal action against the Terengganu government for putting him in a bad light over the Proton Perdana V6 Executive controversy.

RM88,000 for upkeep of Perak exco man’s Perdana - the Star Online (2008-07-26)
A Perak executive councillor’s Proton Perdana V6, inherited from the previous Barisan Nasional state government, cost a whopping RM88,000 to service and repair from 2004.

Merc Perk Controversy: I need a reliable and safe car, says Toh - nstOnline (2007-07-25)
State Industrial, Trade and Environment Committee chairman Toh Chin Yaw, who raked up one of the highest maintenance bills for his Proton Perdana V6 Executive last year, said he needed a reliable car to take him to his official functions within and outside the state.

Merc Perk Controversy: Most states to go on using Perdanas - nstOnline (2008-07-25)
: The Pahang government is also feeling the burden of maintaining its fleet of Proton Perdanas for its executive councillors.

Terengganu tidak dibenar guna Mercedes: PM - Berita Harian Online (2008-07-25)
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi hari ini berkata Kerajaan Terengganu perlu akur dengan arahan penggunaan kereta Perdana V6 Eksekutif untuk kegunaan Exco Kerajaan Negeri.

Terengganu MB considered issue of Mercedes purchase closed - nstOnline (2008-07-25)
Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said said today he considered the issue of the state government buying 14 Mercedes E200 Kompressor cars worth RM3.43 million as closed, following his meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on the matter in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

PM okays Merc for T'ganu govt - the Star Online (2008-07-25)
Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said was in a jubilant mood Friday stressing that the Mercedes-Benz saga ended after the meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Thursday, indicating that he had received the PM’s blessings to use the German-made vehicles as official cars.

The Selangor Government is now hinting that it may choose the Toyota Camry as the official cars for its state executive councillors. - the Star Online (2008-07-25)
State executive councillor for Local Government, Studies and Research Ronnie Liu said the choice was appropriate as the price of the car was reasonable and maintenance cost not high.

Workshop owner: State Treasury takes a long time to pay us - the Star Online (2008-07-25)AMBL Services proprietor Nazri Omar said most workshops had to enforce the surcharge because payment for the services from the state Treasury was only received between two to three months from the time the claims were submitted

Merc Perk Controversy: ACA officers record statements - nstOnline (2008-07-25)
Anti- Corruption Agency officers have taken files and recorded statements of four drivers in their investigation into the high maintenance costs of the Proton Perdana V6 Executive used by state executive councillors.

Merc Perk Controversy: 'Something fishy about the bills' - nstOnline (2008-07-25)
Proton dealers do not believe that it can cost more than RM100,000 annually to maintain the Perdana Executive V6. Proton Edar Dealers' Association Malaysia (PEDA) president Wan Ahmad Sepwan Wan Abd Rahman claimed there could be "something fishy" about the bills.

Probe begins into high cost of Proton Perdana maintenance - the Star Online (2008-07-25)The Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) has started a probe into the alleged high costs of maintaining the 16 Proton Perdana V6 Executive cars used by Terengganu executive councillors.

RM235,000 spent to maintain Idris’ Perdana V6 - the Star Online (2008-07-25)
A WHOPPING RM235,123.08 was paid to maintain the Proton Perdana V6 Executive used by former Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh from 2004 to this year, Utusan Malaysia reported.

Mokthar: No special Merc for MB - the Star Online (2008-07-25)
The state government has vehemently denied that the state Treasury had placed a deposit for a high-end Mercedes-Benz for the use of Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said.

Proton: No warranty claims received - nstOnline(2008-07-24)
The national car maker also insisted that, based on its records, the maintenance cost and efficiency of the model is moderate and reasonable.

Cabinet unhappy with Terengganu - nstOnline (2008-07-24)
"Leadership is by example and so, as leaders, we should adhere to the circular."If we ourselves do not support our national cars, then who else will?"

MB justifies buying those Mercs - nstOnline (2008-07-24)
"You can go to some of the cabinet ministers' houses. I am sure you will see Mercedes Benz cars in their garages."

Exco meeting to focus on Mercedes purchase - The Star Online (2008-07-23)
The issue of the procurement of Mercedes cars will be the main agenda when Terengganu exco members meet in Kuala Lumpur today.

Why 14 Mercs are needed - nstOnline (2008-07-23)
The state government is prepared to produce detailed proof of the service cost and maintenance of the Proton Perdana V6 Executive cars that it had used as the state's official cars.

Drive national cars, says DPM - The Star Online (2008-07-22)
All senior ministry officials and state government excos must use national cars instead of foreign vehicles, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

MB on why Terengganu bought Mercedes cars - the Star Online (2008-07-21)
“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.

NAJIB: Cabinet to discuss Terengganu's purchase of Mercedes cars - NST Online (2008-07-21)Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today the cabinet would discuss the move by the Terengganu government to purchase 14 Mercedes E200 Kompressor as official cars for its executive councillors and senior government officials.


  1. I really cannot figure out how to save cost by using Mercedes cars. Can someone please show me HOW ???

    One Mercedes cost around RM 300K the while one Proton Perdana only cost RM 100K. This is a RM 200K difference. Let's say, I buy a Perdana and own it for 5 years. I think all the maintenance cost and petrol cost added up together within the 5 years ownership period also will not reach RM 200K.

  2. DPM has ordered all state excos to use national car.

  3. Buy Mercedes to save cost. This is a real joke. Even a small kid will know Mercedes means Luxury and it's means for the rich.

  4. Now Selangor State Exco wanna use Camry. Much better choice than Perdana and cheaper than a bl**dy Merc don'tcha think??

  5. Agree. Camry is a better choice than Perdana in all aspects (quality, ride comfort, safety, maintenance, etc) but the price is much more cheaper than Merc. Camry is a good choice.

  6. PM say use the Merc for foreign VIP only. Is that means, if no foreign VIP come to Terengganu, the Merc will put in the garage and no people can use it.

  7. put a merc in your garage but cannot use. siapa boleh tahan... how to control ??? Exco Terengganu dah guna merc tu.... despite Pak Lah say cannot use....

  8. seems that state exco dun wan to listen to PM. 4 of the excos already found using the Merc.

  9. hahahaha.... I dun know how foreigner will think when they read the news that the whole country including the PM, DPM and state excos are seriously discussing on a small issue like whether to use Perdana, Merc and Toyota as official cars. Macam kita punya politician don't have more important thing to do but to discuss what car to use.

    Malu lah I as Malaysian...

  10. ACA and Proton have done a good job to revive image of Proton Perdana. Buying Merc to save cost becasue maintaining a Merc is cheaper than Proton Perdana is something unacceptable.

    Any Proton Perdana owner out there. Please share your maintenance cost.

  11. i owned perdana for 5 years. i spend an average of less than RM 2K a year to maintain the car.

  12. Thanks to our National Car Project, driving a foreign has become a dream of many Malaysia. Foreign car, such as Vios also considred as luxury not to mention Merc.

    In other countries, Toyota, Honda, Nissan are not means for luxury. Merc is used as taxi in some countries. But in Malaysia, even MB cannot use Merc. Thanks to the success of our National Car project.

  13. State Excos said Proton Perdana is not safe but Perdana already the top notch model in Proton brand. If Proton Perdana is also not safe, then how about the lower end model - Waja, Gen-2, Saga, Iswara...

    Have the government considered the safety of Malaysian drivers when they imposed hefty tax on foreign cars to force Malaysian to buy Proton cars.


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