Newly-elected Malaysian PM refuses to use office's luxury Mercedes
Malaysian PM Anwar Ibrahim says he will not use the luxury Mercedes bought by the previous PM's office, before his coming into office.
Newly-elected Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim released a tweet on Sunday night announcing that he "refused" to use a luxury car that belongs to the PM's office and that was purchased prior to him taking office.
“I would like to inform you that yesterday I refused to use a Mercedes S600 type vehicle that was purchased and obtained by the Prime Minister’s Department before I entered the office,” the PM said on his Twitter account.
Saya ingin memaklumkan bahawa semalam saya telah menolak untuk menggunakan sebuah kenderaan jenis Mercedes S600 yang telah dibeli dan diperoleh Jabatan Perdana Menteri (JPM) sebelum saya memasuki pejabat.#DemiPertiwi pic.twitter.com/aifWWUUuAH— Anwar Ibrahim (@anwaribrahim) November 27, 2022
Ibrahim stressed during a visit he made a day earlier to the Sungai Long mosque that his administration will not be wasting public funds on cars or other unnecessary expenses, urging other departments to follow suit and "start a new culture".
“This is a message to all department leaders to remember that in the current situation we should start a new culture. Don’t use government money for our own facilities."
Last Thursday, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was named Prime Minister, ending a days-long political impasse after inconclusive polls.
The latest election witnessed veteran leader Mahathir Mohamad face his first election defeat in 53 years, marking the end of a seven-decade political career.
Since the Malaysian parliament passed a reform lowering the voting age to 18 in 2019, the electorate increased by 6 million.