On Tuesday, Chinese Chauvinist DAP Chief Minister of Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng was proudly grinning when he received a gleaming brand new Mercedes Benz W221 S300L with the registration number ‘PG1’ as his official car.
Published: Tuesday December 31, 2013 MYT 2:03:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 31, 2013 MYT 3:53:22 PM
Guan Eng gets a Mercedes-Benz S300L as official car
Guan Eng with the new Mercedes.
GEORGE TOWN: The state government has purchased a Mercedes-Benz S300L for the usage of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
State Financial Officer Datuk Mokhtar Jait said the Chief Minister was entitled to two cars – Mercedes-Benz S400 and Mercedes-Benz S300 – but Lim only used one vehicle.
The chief minister started using the Mercedes-Benz, which was purchased at RM298,263.75, on Monday.
The original price of the Mercedes-Benz S300L was RM657,218.
“The Mercedes-Benz S300L was exempted from tax and was given a special discount of RM100,000,” said Mokhtar.
“The supplier of Mercedes-Benz has also given assurance that the state does not need to buy the Mercedes-Benz S300L and can return it to the supplier if the tax exemption was not granted.”
Mokhtar said a state exco meeting was held on Nov 20 and a collective decision was made to purchase the luxury car.
“The Toyota Camry 2.5 that was used by Lim will be used by the Deputy Speaker Maktar Shapee,” he said.
Lim was present at the press conference.**********
Although the acquisition of the car came with a RM100,000.00 discount and tax exemption, the final price tag is almost RM300,000.00. That is an amount of Penang tax payers’ money to pay for a luxury car which was bought to replace a rather new car, which was purchased by the Penang State Government for the use of the Chief Minister two months ago.
The Star story on 31 October 2013:
Published: Thursday October 31, 2013 MYT 5:18:00 PM
Updated: Thursday October 31, 2013 MYT 6:31:09 PM
Spanking new Toyota Camrys for Penang state exco
BY WINNIE YEOH
Mohd Ali Nagoor, 51, driver to the chief minister, seen cleaning the dust of the new car at level 2 VIP car park in Komtar.
GEORGE TOWN: The state government received 15 Toyota Camry 2.5 for use by its state executive councillors and senior officers.Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng arrived in one of the Camrys with the PG1 number plate at Komtar on Thursday to officially hand over the car keys to some of the councillors, including Deputy Chief Minister 1 Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon, Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy, Penang state secretary Datuk Farizan Darus and State Financial Officer Datuk Mokhtar Jait.
The State Legislative Speaker and State Legal Adviser are also entitled to the new cars.Lim said the state spent RM113,500 on each car and some of the old official cars would be passed to other state departments or sold off.
It was reported that the previous fleet of six Mercedes Benz and nine Proton Perdana V6 executive cars are between 12 and 21 years old.
The Mini Emperorissimo of ‘Middle Malaysia’ is very proud for the purchase.
Last night the traditional countdown for New Year in Dataran Merdeka was disrupted because of the aggressive pro-Opposition TURUN demonstrators trying to turn the event into anarchy.
New Year countdown concert ends as protesters linger at Dataran Merdeka
BY ZURAIRI ARDECEMBER 31, 2013UPDATED: JANUARY 01, 2014 07:10 AM
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Thousands of protesters rallying against the rising cost of living walk towards Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur, December 31, 2013. — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, Dec 31 — At the cusp of 2014, thousands of protesters comprising mostly tertiary students rallied against rising cost of living near Dataran Merdeka tonight.
At 11pm, the boisterous crowd made it past several lines of police and DBKL barricades and streamed into the historic square to join the rest of the revellers at the ongoing national new year’s eve countdown celebration.
About 30 minutes later, the state-organised concert came to an abrupt end and those attending the celebration left the venue even as protesters continued to linger on, filling up nearly the entire stretch of the square.
Police are keeping vigilance over the crowd but no untoward incidents have so far been reported, despite earlier warnings from the uniformed authorities when protesters tried to breach their barricades.
The rally has so far remained largely student-dominated and peaceful, with no partisan figure addressing the crowd as at 10pm.
However, despite a pledge to stay apolitical, the tone of the crowd appeared largely against the ruling coalition of Barisan Nasional (BN), its component party Umno and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Earlier, most of the crowd congregated in front of the Sogo shopping mall facing the Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman here.
They gathered for almost an hour with leaders from several student movements including Gerakan Mahasiswa Malaysia making their speeches.
A recurrent theme in their speeches was their insistence that tonight’s event was not to topple Putrajaya as claimed by the authorities, but to air their dissatisfaction over the spiralling cost of living.
In between the speeches, the crowd chanted “Hidup rakyat, hancur kezaliman” (long live the people, down with tyranny).
They sang the national anthem before making a move to Dataran Merdeka along Jalan Raja Laut just before 10 pm.
Traffic was facilitated by PAS’ volunteer group Unit Amal (Charity Unit) as the rally occupied three out of the five lanes on the road, with the police largely absent along the way.
Protesters started gathering at 9pm at several locations around Kuala Lumpur before making their way towards Dataran Merdeka. — Picture by Saw Siow FengTwo smaller groups also made their way from Masjid Jamek and Central Market nearby.
The mass protest was planned amid the various increases in the prices of goods and services, some of which have already taken place a few months ago, like the cutting of fuel and sugar subsidies, while other hikes are scheduled for next year, including electricity tariffs, assessment rates for KL properties, public transport charges and toll rates for major highways.
But over the past week, the police have been on high alert after claims circulated online of a demonstration to take down the government, and also of an alleged plot to detonate bombs during the New Year’s Eve countdown at Dataran Merdeka. The authorities have since linked the claims to the planned protest.
On Saturday, police listed four non-governmental organisations (NGO) as the key groups allegedly planning to “cause trouble” at the annual do.
They are Gerakan Turun Kos Sara Hidup (Turun), student movement Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM), PKR-backed group Jingga 13, and youth group Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM).
On Friday, however, Mohamed Bukhairy Sofian, chairman of student movement SMM, reportedly said that its planned gathering at Dataran Merdeka on New Year’s Eve is to protest against the rising cost of living, and not to overthrow the BN government.
Turun chairman Azan Safar had also clarified last week that the price hike protest is not linked to another planned gathering, which allegedly aims to oust the government.
On Christmas Eve, police arrested the leader of an anti-price hike movement over a planned rally at Dataran Merdeka on December 31 that allegedly aimed to overthrow the government.
On Thursday, the owner of a Facebook page was also picked up by the police for allegedly inciting the public to participate in demonstrations on December 31, to topple the government.
The irony is that these young Malaysians who are inspired and charged up by the Opposition campaigns, are willing to go for a mob-street protest with the intention to topple the Malaysian Government. The strategy is snowballing mob street demonstration against the massive unhappiness for the price hikes and rising cost of living, even though 30 hours earlier Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak announced the first round of Federal Government austerity drive.
On the other hand, Chinese Chauvinist DAP Sceretary General Lim Guan Eng in his capacity as the Chief Minister of Pulau Pinang on the same afternoon received the delivery of a gleaming brand new limousine fit for a CEO of a RM1billion public listed company.
First of all, Lim as the Chief Minister has no qualms in spending public funds for his own comfort in luxury at his own will despite the common rakyat are complaining of reduction of quality of life and tightening power of purchase.
Second, Lim as the Secretary General of a Chinese Chauvinist political party had been constantly attacking affirmative action policies such as the NEP which provided an opportunity to tip the economic imbalance. Specific programs such as home ownership between the Malays and Chinese with the ‘Bumiputera Discount’ between 5-7% was imposed on the sales of finished products by property developers, which have been over politicized laced with racism over tone by the DAP and manipulated as ‘Treating the Chinese as second class citizens’.
Yet, in this case Lim accepted a RM100,000.00 discount, which is effectively 25% of the retain price of the Mercedes Benz S300L minus the import tax and excise duties supposed to be imposed but waived by the Royal Customs.
That is morally wrong and politically incorrect. Never the less, no one would take up the bet if it was opened to measure whether Emperorissimo Lim bother or not on rakyat’s perspective and feelings against him on the principle and morality of the purchase.
The third point is that when Terengganu Government purchased 14 Mercedes Benz E200 Kompressors to replace the fleet of aging Proton Perdanas which brought a lot of maintenance bill, then newly minted Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng lambasted the move.
At the point where in many quarters in the nation where in sundry the rakyat is very unhappy with the announcement of 6% GST at the Bajet 2014 in Dewan Rakyat 25 October 2013, where it would be introduced from April 2014, Chinese Chauvinist Chief Minister of Pulau Pinang Lim abruptly announced hotel room levy for the island state.
Published: Friday November 29, 2013 MYT 7:01:00 PM
Updated: Friday November 29, 2013 MYT 8:23:42 PM
Penang to impose levy on hotel rooms from March 2014
BY ROYCE TAN
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng
GEORGE TOWN: The state government will be imposing a levy on hotel rooms beginning March 2014.
In his state budget 2014 speech during the state assembly, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said that the state government would be organising the Visit Penang Year from 2015 to 2017, which will require proper planning, huge investments and basic infrastructure.
“In order to ensure that the tourism products and events in Penang are of international standard, a levy of RM2 per night for each room will be imposed for hotels with one to three stars and a levy of RM5 per night for hotels with four stars and above,” he said.
In 2012, there approximately five million room bookings recorded in Penang.
Lim said that the levy collected would be used to promote cultural and tourism activities in the state.
A special committee comprising representatives from the hotel and accommodation sectors as well as the state government would be seeking input to discuss funds from the levy collection would be spent.
This hotel levy is a form a consumption tax, exactly like the GST and it was planned to be imposed a year before Federal Government started to collected the GST.
Obviously Emperorissimo Lim care very little about principle and morality and just gore himself around, recklessly. Not respective people’s wish like in the past where his Chinese Chauvinist DAP Penang State Government indiscriminately destroy the livelihood of Malay petty traders and hawkers.
This is on top blatantly disregard ‘political partners’ opinion, as in the case where Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Mansor Othman who described him as “Very arrogant and Big Headed” him a “Tokong to the Chinese”.
Introducing a new consumption tax without consultation with the industry is simply too draconian.
In essence, the Chinese Chauvinist DAP under the two Lims since forty five years ago is exactly like insinuated in George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”. They manipulated the concept of social justice to topple the leadership and create a “Socialistic environment equal for all”. Slowly but progressively, they inch their way up, to be ‘More equal than others’. It is likely that characters ‘Old Major’ fits Dr Chen Man Hin and ‘Snowball’ and ‘Napolean’ fit the two Lims.
Then probably this number plate would fit his brand new Mercedes Benz better.
Please participate in an opinion poll about these ‘Animal Farm’ suidae family.
*Updated Second day of 2014, 0400hrs