Little Napoleons thwarted me for 16 years, says car dealer

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 20 Apr 2006


ALOR STAR: Former Approved Permit (AP) holder Khairuddin Mohd Khir has approached the highest authorities in the last 16 years to have his permit reinstated to import used foreign cars but has so far failed in all his attempts. 

Despite support from the top, he said his efforts had been in vain because of the “little Napoleons” in the public service delivery system. 

He was referring to the warning by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi that senior government officers with powers to approve and implement projects have been acting like “little Napoleons” and causing delays in programmes. 

“I have letters of support from former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and also from Abdullah's office. I have gone to the highest authorities. But it is still not clear who is in authority when it comes to the issuance of the permits,” said a frustrated Khairuddin, 49. 

Khairuddin, who has been an AP holder since 1981, claimed that he was denied APs from 1990 onwards. 

“I feel that I still have a right to APs,” he said. “Where should people like us go to highlight our grouses? 

“Even after going to the highest authorities, I am getting nowhere. And time is running out for people like us as the Government has announced that APs will be abolished by 2010.”  

Khairuddin, a father of 10 children aged between three months and 22 years, is now in dire straits. 

“I have even resorted to cleaning toilets to make ends meet.  

“I have exhausted all my revenue. Getting the AP will help me get back on my feet again,” he said, adding that it was sad that genuine dealers like him have been left in the lurch.  

“I am broke right now. I just went to the Welfare Department to make enquiries because I am down and out,” said Khairuddin, who is now staying at his sibling’s house.  

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