IPOH: Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu has had his official car upgraded from a Toyota Camry to a Lexus ES sedan.
The new white car was spotted during his visits to SMK Methodist (P) and SMJK Sam Tet for the reopening of schools on Wednesday (June 24).
Speaking to reporters at SMJK Sam Tet, Faizal said he had given his Camry to a state executive council member.
"We got a good discount of between RM40,000 to RM50,000 for the 2019 car.
"The car was originally priced at about RM300,000, and we got it for about RM200,000.
"The car belongs to the state, we can still afford to buy," he said.
In March last year, when Perak was under Pakatan Harapan, the state bought 16 Camrys for its executive councillors and state officials.
Faizal said one of the Camrys had been sold to former state legal adviser Datuk Rohana Abd Malek, who retired last December.
"She asked to buy it. She was our longest-serving legal advisor, so we approved it (the sale).
"She still needed to buy it for over RM100,000, which was cheaper than getting it from outside," he said.
Faizal also said the state planned to sell some of its vehicles that were no longer being used.
"We are going to call for an open tender to sell some of the cars, including some Mercedes Benz S Class (cars)," he said.
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