Errrr..... wait a minute. Isn't a Range Rover a car? Haha.
By Neville Spykerman
SHAH ALAM, March 12 — Threats and curses were allegedly uttered at the lobby of the State Assembly here by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, after it was disclosed during proceedings that his wife had been given a RM500,000 Range Rover by a state subsidiary during his administration.
Ulu Kelang Assemblyman Saari Sungib alleged that Dr Mohd Khir had told him to “watch out” as they were leaving the assembly to break for lunch.
“Khir accused me of attacking his wife in the assembly, adding that he would never forgive me and will seek vengeance till the end of time if his wife, Datin Zaharah Kechik miscarried.”
Saari said he told the former menteri besar, who also denied his wife had ever driven the Range Rover, that he was not attacking his wife but was merely asking the state to investigate his claims.
Saari said Dr Mohd Khir looked serious when he made the threats, which he claimed was heard by other assemblymen.
Earlier while debating the Royal Address, Shaari alleged that the Range Rover was purchased by development company Syarikat Cekal Tulen, a subsidiary of Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Berhad.
He said the justification for the purchase was the company needed a robust vehicle for executives to make site visits, but the car was handed over to the wife of the KDEB chairman to use.
“The company had claimed they needed a robust vehicle and the state should investigate the matter.”
Saari also disclosed that Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Berhad (KDEB) had attempted to purchase two luxury cars, worth RM2.5 million early last year.
One of the cars was a Mercedes S500 meant for the KDEB chairman Khir, worth RM1.5 million while the other was a Mercedes S350, which cost almost RM1 million for the KDEB president.
Saari said RM1 million or 40 per cent of the price was paid to a salesman from Cycle and Carriage as down payment, but the cars were never delivered after March 8, when Selangor fell to Pakatan Rakyat.
“As far as I know, the money was also never returned to the state.”
He also said that KDEB had made an unauthorised purchase of two apartments at the Al Marwa Towers, in Saudi Arabia.
According to him the KDEB chairman had issued a personal cheque for RM800,000 as down payment for the two apartments, while in Saudi Arabia, before calling the subsidiary to sanction the purchases.
“The decision to make the purchases were made in Saudi Arabia, not by the board here and the move may be contrary to corporate governance practices.”
Previously it was reported that state investment agency Permodalan Negeri Selangor Berhad (PNSB) had also made unauthorised investments in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
A total of RM25.6 million was spent by PNSB to acquire 12 units of apartments at the Al Marwa towers.
Saari said the two cases were interrelated and urged the state government to probe the matters.
Officials for the state, today, said officials from KNEB are being queried on all the allegations.