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6 theSun | MONDAY DECEMBER 15 2008

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Perak blames
federal govt
for costly
Toyota Camry
Hillslope dig, rock blasting worry
IPOH: Senior state executive council-
lor Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham has blamed
the federal government for the high
cost of the state’s purchase of 16
units of Toyota Camry 2.4 for the
state exco members and senior of-
Mar Vista folk
by Himanshu Bhatt
responsible if something happened to
this building?”
Voon is concerned
about the safety of
his building because
of hillslope digging for
the adjacent Ferringhi
Heights project.

He said the refusal of the federal Voon said he had lodged a police re-
government to give tax exemption GEORGE TOWN: Residents of Mar Vista port after rock blasting from the project
resulted in the state government apartments in Tanjung Bungah here damaged his window last month.
having to pay RM167,000 for each have been under severe stress after Mar Vista joint management body
Toyota Camry compared with the an adjacent development project dug spokesman Fabien Octave claimed the
actual price of only RM97,000. deeply into the hill just 2m below their developer had about six months ago
The cars will replace the Proton land. destroyed drains coming from further
Perdana V6 Executive as the official Bukit Bendera MP Liew Chin Tong, uphill that ended on its site.
cars for the state. who made a site visit yesterday, “We have asked them to rectify the
Pointing out that the allocation for expressed concern that rock blasting situation. They said they were building
the purchase was approved by the and lack of proper drainage for the a retaining wall, but there had been
previous Barisan Nasional (BN) state
government, Ngeh said the decision
Ferringhi Heights bungalow project may
endanger the lives of residents further
delays,” he said.
“According to the developer, they
‘Fuel prices likely to drop further’
was to avoid wastage of public funds up the hill. have to build the wall first before they PENANG: The retail price of petrol At a press conference later,
in terms of the high maintenance He noted the residents’ concerns can rebuild the drains.” and diesel is expected to drop Shahrir said that because of the
cost for the existing official cars. that the hole had eroded even further Meanwhile, residents of Chee Seng further soon following the drop in increasingly cheaper petrol and
“It is more cost-effective to since the developer, DMV Sdn Bhd, Gardens in Tanjung Bungah have called the global oil price, Domestic Trade diesel, the fuel subsidy could be
maintain Toyota Camry cars than began work. on the government to stop the Surin and Consumer Affairs Minister removed while the people should
the present fleet of Proton Perdana DMV had been issued a stop-work high-rise condominium project by Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad said not be expecting government sub-
V6. We want to save more by buying order by the Penang Island Municipal Bolton Bhd on a hillslope above their yesterday. sidy forever.
new cars as the maintenance cost Council (MPPP) last Tuesday. The com- housing area. He said the government usually Asked about the request by
will not be that high,” he told report- pany has since sought special permis- A spokesman, George Aeria, said the reviewed the price at the beginning the Federation of Taxi and Hired
ers after the Perak DAP convention, sion to complete a retaining wall. steep hill should be rehabilitated. or middle of the month before mak- Car Associations Penang for the
here yesterday. A DMV representative refused to He said the massive cutting of slopes ing an announcement. government to review the petrol
On Friday, Perak Mentri Besar comment to the press during the site for the project could endanger the lives However, he did not say by how subsidy of RM1.92 a litre, Shahrir
Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar visit, saying only that the company and properties of nearby residents. much the price would go down advised them not to use the fleet
Jamaluddin said the state would fork would meet whatever requirement the “We do not want another tragedy and when it would be annnounced, card anymore.
out RM2.7 million to acquire the new MPPP imposed. like the ones in Highland Towers or Bukit when launching a “price reduction” He said the taxi drivers should
cars, saying it was costly to maintain Businessman Voon Choon Yu, 32, Antarabangsa in Chee Seng Gardens,” campaign at the Sunshine Super- get petrol at the pump price and
the Perdana fleet. whose apartment is beside the digging he said. market in Bayan Baru here. the subsidy should no longer be
Pangkor assemblyman Datuk area, questioned if it was safe to remain The project was slapped with a tem- On Dec 3, the RON97 petrol pump given. Besides, based on records,
Dr Zambry Abd Kadir described the in the building. porary stop-work order in September price dropped by 10 sen from RM2 there had been no requests from
state government as not fulfilling its “If it is not safe, what should we after the hill experienced heavy mud to RM1.90, and RON97 and diesel taxis for the subsidy to be given to a
promise to spend prudently. do?” he asked. “Who is going to be and water flow during rains. from RM1.90 to RM1.80 a litre. level of RM1 a litre. – Bernama

Zambry, a former exco member,

said he was not denying the state
government its right to buy new
“But in the first place, they should
not have gone around telling the
rakyat that they did not want to
spend extra money to buy the cars,”
he said. - Bernama