Official cars sold dirt cheap to exco members

Official cars sold dirt cheap to exco members

KLANG - Selangor executive councillors have received new Toyota Camry 2.5 cars in addition to being given the option to buy back their old 2.4 Camrys at nominal prices.

The older official cars, bought in 2009 for more than RM150,000 (S$57,786) each, have been sold to several representatives for as low as RM30,000.

A state government source said official cars used by state excos were usually sold back to them at a cheaper price as the cars underwent more wear and tear compared with similar cars of the same age.

"State excos travel a lot and they go through rough terrain so their cars suffer greater damage," he said.

A former Pakatan Rakyat assemblyman said it was a norm to sell official cars back to state excos when new cars are bought.

"The state will only sell the cars to outsiders when the state exco members are not interested in buying.

According to a Chinese daily, the cars were sold to exco members Ean Yong Hian Wah, Yaakob Sapari and former exco member Ronnie Liu.

A check with a used car dealer showed that a 2009 model for a Toyota Camry 2.4 was valued between RM92,000 and RM98,000.

"Selling less than RM90,000 is a huge loss for any used car dealer as the price we quote does not include documentation," said the dealer.

Selangor Umno deputy liaison chairman Datuk Abdul Shukur Idrus slammed the state government for selling the cars cheaply.

"Why did the state government not go through a proper tender process when selling the official cars?

"It is now clear that the Selangor government only cares about its leaders and not the people," he said.

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