MoF dodges question on why Toyota Vellfire but not Proton X70 as official car
Hans · Nov 19, 2021 04:11 PM
At yesterday’s Dewan Rakyat sitting, Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul avoided a question by Muar’s Member of Parliament Syed Saddiq on why the Malaysian-made Proton X70 was not used, but an imported Toyota Vellfire is selected instead.
In answering an earlier question posed by Bayan Baru’s Member of Parliament Sim Tze Tzin, Zafrul defended the government’s decision to switch its official cars to Toyota Vellfires, saying that the Vellfire offers very good value for money.
“The leasing cost spent for every Federal level Minister’s car (Vellfire) is now at its best value. This can be seen from the reputation of the vehicle, which offers advanced technology, spacious cabin, rear-wheel drive configuration (WapCar: This is Zafrul’s comments. The Vellfire is front-wheel drive, the Hiace is rear-wheel drive), and many more. This guarantees the comfort and safety of our administrative officers, which are also important points of consideration for many state-level governments,“ said the Minister of Finance.
Syed Saddiq interjected and asked Zafrul, “What is not making sense is if the Proton Perdana can no longer be used, why didn’t the government use (Proton) X70 instead of the Vellfire? And I am saying this, you can ask the ministers from Pakatan Harapan over there, when the proposal to switch to Vellfire was put forward, I disagreed. When I was asked that the Proton Perdana can no longer be used, I said let’s use Proton X70. I rejected the proposal.”
Zafrul then asked if he had expressed his disagreement to the Cabinet then, to which Syed Saddiq said yes.
Zafrul responded by saying, “Well why didn’t you resign if you disagreed? The decision made is a consensus,” after which the Parliament descended into a shouting match.
Amidst the chaos, Syed Saddiq asked, “What’s wrong with the X70? Why can’t the X70 be used? Is it not comfortable? Is it not safe? Why must be use the Vellfire?”
Zafrul also pointed that many state governments too have been using Mercedes-Benz and Toyota models as their official cars.
The debate was abruptly cut off when the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat told the MPs to move on to the next topic.