‘Decision to replace official cars made before allocation of RM400mil’

  • Nation
  • Friday, 17 Jan 2020

New ride: The Kelantan Mentri Besar’s new Mercedes Benz.

PETALING JAYA: The Kelantan government has denied using the special one-off RM400mil allocation from the Prime Minister to buy luxury cars for the mentri besar and state executive councillors.

The Mentri Besar’s Office said in a statement that the decision to change the fleet of official cars was made in 2018, long before the state was awarded the special allocation.

“The wild allegations that have gone viral are ill-intended and defamatory.

“Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah had announced on Sept 12,2018, that they would be replacing the fleet of old official cars in stages, starting with the state secretary’s car, because the existing cars were between 10 and 12 years old, ” it added.

The statement was issued after a photograph of a Mercedes-Benz bearing the Mentri Besar’s registration plate DV 1 went viral.

“Tuanku Al Sultan Kelantan had presented to the previous Mentri Besar, the late Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, the official car bearing the registration number DV 1.

“The state government decided to replace the Mentri Besar’s official car as it is more than 10 years old. But the DV 1 registration number was maintained upon seeking consent from Tuanku Al Sultan Kelantan, ” added the statement.

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