KUALA LUMPUR – Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak teased Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng following the talks on purchasing 32 units of Toyota Vellfire and 3,000 Honda Accord as the official vehicles for ministers and senior government officers.
However, the purchase is still under discussion and has yet to obtain the approval from the Cabinet.
In his latest Facebook entry, Najib wondered what excuses would be given by Guan Eng over the purchase of those vehicles.
“Finally, Guan Eng admitted that the PH government wants to buy 32 units of Toyota Vellfire for ministers and 3,000 units of Honda Accord under the contract of the Ministry of Finance.
“Nevertheless, after the issue is exposed, he swiftly ‘tai-chi’ the issue back to the cabinet.
“PH condemned the plan of the BN government which planned to purchase 30 units of Honda Accord as the official car for Ministers as the new model of Proton Perdana was not available in the market. Now, they want to buy 32 Vellfire and 3,000 Honda Accord!,” Najib wrote.
Earlier, Guan Eng, who is also the Secretary-General of DAP said that although the contract would be given by his ministry, it required the approval from the Cabinet.
“Wait for the Cabinet. Yes (under the Ministry of Finance) but we will depend on the Cabinet meeting,” he told the journalists after visiting the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge in Penang this morning.
When asked about when is the Cabinet meeting, Guan Eng briefly replied, “The next meeting.”
Najib also questioned the Member of Parliament of Pandan, Rafizi Ramli who had criticised him on using luxury cars when he was the Prime Minister.
“Haaa… One more. Rafizi used to slam me. He said, ‘Busted. The Federal Government buys luxury cars.
“He’s only good at slandering. Those cars were sponsored by BMW for the 26th ASEAN Summit. There are rumours now that the government is planning to buy Vellfire for Ministers.
“Will Rafizi asks his friends in PH if they really need those luxury cars? Don’t keep mum. You used to be as loud as the Professors. With various formulas and tales. Now?” he questioned further. -MalaysiaGazette