IPOH, 24 April 2009: Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said today that the decision to auction off 16 Toyota Camry cars, which were purchased by the previous state government of the DAP-PKR-PAS coalition, would not be a loss to the state government.
He said the opening price for the vehicles was RM148,000, which is the current market price, but added that bidders might bid at a higher price for the cars, which were bought for RM158,000 each.
He said a claim by former menteri besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin that it would be a loss of public funds to auction off the cars was baseless.
“We do not deny that the value of the cars has depreciated, but in an auction, the bidders may bid at a higher price,” he told reporters after opening a seminar for young entrepreneurs here.
Zambry also said the state government had no plans yet to replace the Camry cars, which were used as official vehicles by state executive councillors of the Pakatan Rakyat government, as the official cars, the Proton Perdana V6, could still be used.
“I have instructed State Financial officer Datuk Jamaluddin Al Amini to look into the matter, including discussing with Proton Perdana, on maintenance of the Proton Perdana V6 cars,” he added.
The previous Pakatan Rakyat state government had bought the Toyota Camry cars to replace the Perdana V6 cars which were used for four years by the Barisan Nasional government, prior to the coalition losing the state to the opposition in the March 2008 general election. — Bernama