Syed Saddiq slams purchase of Penang CM's new Benz when others are suffering

PETALING JAYA: Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman has hit out at the Penang state government for purchasing a new Mercedes-Benz S560e for Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

"There is no necessity to buy the luxury car using the people's money when hundreds of thousands have lost jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic and thousands are affected by bad flooding," said the former youth and sports minister.

"We must be fair!" he said in a Facebook post on Thursday (Jan 7) evening.

He said as the Opposition, they had previously criticised the Kelantan PAS leadership for getting new Mercedes-Benz cars for official use as well as backdated pay raises during the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Now, it is just the same," he added.

Penang state secretary Datuk Abdul Razak Jaafar, in a statement on Thursday (Jan 7), confirmed that a Mercedes S560e was purchased at a cost of RM458,000 for Chow to replace his previous official car, a Mercedes S300L.

In 2014, when then Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was given the Mercedes-Benz S300L as his official car, it was criticised by Barisan Nasional politicians and DAP's Pakatan Rakyat partners.

The car was obtained to replace Lim's 18-year-old official car, a Mercedes-Benz S320.

Last November, the Kelantan government was criticised for buying 14 Mercedes-Benz cars for use by the mentri besar and state executive council members.

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