Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Taib Mahmud 'given' RM3.7m Rolls-Royce

11:55AM May 25, 2015
Malaysiakini

Sarawak governor Abdul Taib Mahmud has a new toy - a 2012 Rolls-Royce Phantom - which he can use whenever he is in Kuala Lumpur.

According to whistleblower website Sarawak Report, the car is Taib's official vehicle.

The website suggests that the car was a 'present' by Taib's successor, current Chief Minister Adenan Satem.

However, it could also be owned by the federal government which provides official vehicles for governors, menteris besar and chief ministers whenever they are in the federal capital.

Sarawak Report said the car was bought last year and is currently housed in the the Yayasan Sarawak branch office in Kuala Lumpur.

The car sells for 365,000 pounds sterling (RM2 million) in Britain.

In fact, a search by Sarawak Report revealed that a second-hand 2012 Phantom would set one back RM3.7 million in Malaysia including taxes.

Timing questioned

Taib is well known as a fan of Rolls-Royce.

In 2011, Malaysiakiniphotographed one of his vintage Rolls-Royce Phantoms, which doesn't carry a road tax sticker or a number plate (photo).

Sarawak Report questioned the timing of the purchase of Taib's latest luxury car.

"Anyone who has witnessed the hardships of the rural poor, or read recent reports on the conditions of local schools, will also be tempted to consider what a difference RM3.7 million-plus might have made to numerous future lives.

"This especially at a time when GST has hit the pocket of each and every citizen, particularly the extreme poor.
~ Malaysiakini

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