PETALING JAYA: Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli was wrong in alleging that six BMW cars with the national emblem had been purchased by the Government.
â€œThe cars are part of BMW Group Malaysiaâ€™s commitment as the Automotive Partner of the upcoming 26th ASEAN Summit taking place in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi from April 24 to 28.BMW Group Malaysia will be providing a fleet of BMW 7 Series and BMW 5 Series which will be utilised for the shuttling of all dignitaries, officials and VIPs for South East Asiaâ€™s most prominent meeting later this month,â€ said BMW Group Malaysia managing director Alan Harris in a statement on Wednesday.
Harris had issued the statement in response to Rafiziâ€™s allegation.
At the press conference in parliament lobby on Wednesday, Rafizi had said: â€œThis morning, I received information and pictures of six BMW 7-Series in an outlet in Bandar Puteri, Puchong that did not have licence plate numbers. Instead, these luxury cars had the national emblems on them which invites speculation that they are owned by the Federal Government.â€
Datuk Johari Abdul (PKR-Sungai Petani), who was present at the press conference, said that if the case was true, the purchasing of the cars had been done at a â€œwrong timeâ€.
â€œIt could also be that there are groups of â€˜bad peopleâ€™ misusing the emblem, and for what purpose? For all we know, this can be a syndicate which uses the national emblem for reasons unknown,â€ he said.
Responding to this, Harris said in his statement that BMW wished to clarify that the cars mentioned and photographed were not purchased by Putrajaya.