Penang Chief Minister’s official car is this RM 458k Mercedes-Benz S-Class

CY Foong · Jan 7, 2021 04:20 PM

Penang Chief Minister’s official car is this RM 458k Mercedes-Benz S-Class 01

The Penang Chief Minister has a brand-new ride for his official use and it’s not a Honda Accord or a Toyota Camry but a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The model in question is a 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560e in Selenite Grey and it cost the Penang government RM 458,000.

Penang Chief Minister’s official car is this RM 458k Mercedes-Benz S-Class 02

In a statement, the state secretary’s office has said that this flagship German luxobarge was purchased to replace the previous official car, a Mercedes-Benz S300L bought in 2013 for RM 298,263.

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Penang Chief Minister’s official car is this RM 458k Mercedes-Benz S-Class 01

Credit: Sayuti Zainudin (Malay Mail)

In spite of a price that is 1.5 times higher than the state’s previous purchase, the purchase was approved by a state executive council meeting in November 2019 after a discount of RM 127,765 and some tax savings for government-registered vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia listed prices of the S560e start from RM 646,626 excluding SST.

Penang Chief Minister’s official car is this RM 458k Mercedes-Benz S-Class 02

The previous official car of Penang's CM

However, sometimes these decisions have been criticized by the public. Back in 2014, then Penang chief minister, Lim Guan Eng defended the purchase of the Mercedes-Benz, saying that it would be better in the long run and the decision took into account the safety and security of state leaders.

Penang Chief Minister’s official car is this RM 458k Mercedes-Benz S-Class 03

The official car of Kelantan's MB

Last year, the Kelantan government’s controversial purchase of 14 Mercedes-Benz cars for its Menteri Besar and state executive council members also came under criticism. The Kelantan deputy Menteri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah also defended this decision, claiming that maintaining a Mercedes-Benz was more economical than the older Proton Perdana.

Do you agree with the purchase made by some of our politicians?

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CY Foong

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Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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