Why driving around Penang in a Mercedes is a bad idea


Mustafa K. Anuar

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow is under fire for his alleged extravagance in accepting a new luxury Mercedes-Benz car for his official duties, while voters endure financial hardship in an economic crisis. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 9, 2021.

THE reported purchase of a RM458,000 Mercedes-Benz S560e by Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow recently is disappointing because his action mirrors that of leaders of such states as Kedah and Kelantan, who also have similar passion.

In fact, it is most disheartening that Chow, like his counterparts in those states, chose to acquire the luxury car at a time when many people in the state are struggling to make ends meet in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.


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  • Totally agree. It came as a shock for this guy who used to be a humble follower of LGE. You can get a luxury car befit a CM but definitely not at this moment. Not only a PR disaster but shows lack of connection and empathy towards your people suffering during this pandemic. Truly disappointing coming from DAP

    Posted 1 week ago by Angeline Yee

  • Whilst the timing is inappropriate, it's better than wiping away an iconic service of Penangs ferries... Yet, the noises r rather muted

    Posted 1 week ago by VICTOR CHOO

  • They are all useless fellas, looking for limelight and glory and they need to show off these material possessions to others in order for them to feel they are important and have the required status. This is what the society has become, not just politicians, even your neighbour might be the same. In Western societies, a politician is respected by how eloquent he is in speaking and transmitting ideas,not by what car he drives.

    Posted 1 week ago by James Selva

  • They are all useless fellas, looking for limelight and glory and they need to show off these material possessions to others in order for them to feel they are important and have the required status. This is what the society has become, not just politicians, even your neighbour might be the same. In Western societies, a politician is respected by how eloquent he is in speaking and transmitting ideas,not by what car he drives.

    Posted 1 week ago by James Selva