GEORGE TOWN: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng continues to come under fire for the purchase of a Mercedes-Benz S300L as his official car.
Describing Lim as cakap tak serupa bikin (not walking his talk), Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said he had previously been vocal in lambasting the Terengganu state government for the same purchase.
“But now, he is preaching what he has criticised others (of doing),” said the Balik Pulau MP after presenting RM4,000 in incentive each to 19 padi farmers from the Seri Pulau Area Farmers Organisation here yesterday.
He was commenting on Lim’s criticism in 2008 of the Terengganu government’s purchase of a fleet of Mercedes-Benz as official cars then.
Dr Hilmi said “it was wrong in principle” for Lim to buy a Mercedes-Benz when he had criticised the Terengganu government of doing so.
“Penang is a small place and it’s a short distance to everywhere. So, the Toyota Camry is enough,” he said in reference to the Toyota Camry 2.5 which Lim had only used for about two months.
The car was among 15 Camrys delivered to the state government on Oct 31 at a cost of RM113,500 each after tax exemption.
State Financial Officer Datuk Mokhtar Jait had said on Tuesday that the car would now be used by Deputy Speaker Maktar Shapee.
Yesterday, Mokhtar denied allegations that the RM100,000 discount given for the Mercedes-Benz S300L was from a businessman, describing such claims as slanderous.
He, however, did not mention who had made the allegations.
In a statement, Mokhtar said the discount – given to everyone who wished to buy the Mercedes-Benz S300L 2012 model – was offered by Mercedes-Benz suppliers throughout the country and not by a “dealer”.
Lim, he said, was actually entitled to use two Mercedes-Benz models – S400 and S300 – but chose the S300L which was bought for RM298,263.75 after tax exemption and the discount.
“The car was bought because of the tax exemption as well as the discount,” he said.