Saturday, July 26, 2008

Selangor has no plans to change cars - The Star


The Selangor government has no plans to change its fleet of Proton Perdana cars yet, said Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

“We have no plans now to change the cars, which were bought and used by the previous state executive councillors.

“If (the cars are) not good, we will repair them and continue to use them,” he said Saturday after launching the Selangor Book Fair 2008 organised by the state government and the Selangor Public Library Corporation here.

He said the state government would look into its budget and the length of time that the cars had been on the road.

“I’m unable to explain the maintenance costs in detail now, but we do know that the cost is higher if the car is older,” he said, adding that there were however no plans to replace the cars this year.

Also present were state executive councillors Dr Halimah Ali and Dr Xavier Jayekumar as well as director of Selangor Public Library Corporation Mohdi Darim.

When asked what car the state executive councillors would prefer if they decided to change the cars, Khalid said, it was difficult to make a comparison as all councillors and state department heads used only Protons.

“We will have to study whether we want to replace the cars with newer Proton Perdanas or cars of other makes,” he said, adding that national interest, financial feasibility and minimum wastage would be among the state’s considerations in deciding.

He also said that all states were starting to consider their expenditure and trying to use cars that were more economical, which was a good move.

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