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BMW Group Malaysia has stated that the six units of the BMW 7 Series bearing the Malaysian crest – photographed outside a showroom in Bandar Puteri Puchong – had not been bought by the government, but instead have been sponsored by the company for the 26th ASEAN Summit taking place on April 24-28.

“BMW Group Malaysia would like to clarify that the cars photographed have not been purchased by Putrajaya,” said MD and CEO Alan Harris. “The cars are part of BMW Group Malaysia’s commitment as the automotive partner of the upcoming 26th ASEAN Summit.”

He added that the fleet of cars BMW is providing – the 5 and 7 Series – would be used to shuttle dignitaries, officials and VIPs throughout the course of the summit.


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Earlier today, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice president Rafizi Ramli queried if the government had purchased the six 730Li’s, each costing RM648,800, adding that it was an inappropriate time to be buying them considering that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) had only recently been implemented. He also shared the photos on his Facebook page, drawing ire from social media users.

In response to Harris’ statement, the Pandan MP posted in Malay, “I have been informed that BMW Malaysia said the six BMWs were sponsored by BMW for the ASEAN summit. Thank you to the public who took the pictures; thank goodness the GST money from the rakyat was not used to buy the cars.”

In any case, these “official cars” are usually available for purchase after the event at a discounted price as pre-registered vehicles, so that should take the sting out of things…