|@Rafiziramli caught lying again|
BMW Group Malaysia managing director and CEO, Alan Harris, said the firm had sponsored the six new cars for the upcoming 26th Asean Summit.
“In response to the statement made by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice president, Rafizi Ramli at the Malaysian Parliament on the purchase of six brand new BMW 7 Series by the Malaysian government, we at BMW Group Malaysia would like to clarify that the cars mentioned and photographed have not been purchased by Putrajaya.
“The cars are part of BMW Group Malaysia’s commitment as the automotive partner of the upcoming 26th Asean Summit taking place in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi from 24th to the 28th of April 2015,” he said.
He added that BMW Group Malaysia will be providing a fleet of BMW 7 Series and 5 Series cars, which would be used to shuttle dignitaries, officials and VIPs for the summit.
In an immediate response, Rafizi said on Facebook that he was grateful public funds were not used to purchase the cars.
“I have been informed that BMW Malaysia said the six BMWs were sponsored by BMW for the Asean summit,” he wrote in Malay.
“Thank you to the public who took the pictures; thank goodness the GST (goods and services tax) money from the rakyat was not used to buy the cars."
Earlier today, the PKR secretary-general said he had been informed that six BMW 7 Series cars were parked outside a local BMW dealership, and asked Putrajaya to explain whether it had bought the cars.
He said the alleged purchases were inappropriate as it came at a time when the people were feeling the pinch of the recently enforced GST.
Rafizi had also shared the photographs of the cars on his Facebook page, which immediately drew thousands of “likes” and comments from irate social media users.