Health Minister Liow yesterday defended the RM24,000 bid for WWW15, saying his ministry was replacing his official car and there was a need for a new number-plate.
Earlier today, Chinese newspaper Sin Chew Daily had quoted an unnamed officer as saying that the Treasury has never allocated any funds for ministers to submit bids for a number-plate for their official cars.
A transcript of Press Conference given by the Heath Minister who lied that water canon and tear gas were not directed at the Tong Shin Hospital during Bersih 2.0. He continues to HEDGE (euphemism usually used for attempts to lie or lying) Here he is ably assisted by his actor boss:
Journalist: Who paid the bid for the car plate number?
Liow: I mentioned yesterday that this is a government official car, and so ministers are eligible to have one number plate, so the process is official.
We are just going through the office and applying to the JPJ. JPJ is the one who process the application.
Journalist: Is the ministry paying for the cost? Who paid for the cost?
Liow: No. No. It’s all up to JPJ to handle this, we leave it to JPJ (Hedging)
Journalist: But who paid for the cost, I know the process is handled by JPJ but who paid for the cost?
Liow: I got to check, I’m not sure, it’s under JPJ.(Hedging again)
Journalist: That means you didn’t pay to bid for that particular -
Liow: Like I said ministers are eligible for one number, so I didn’t exercise the option earlier, so since my ministry is changing the car, so they just changed it.
Journalist: So you are saying your officer handled it?
Chua: Usually this option is given to members of the administration both at state and federal ones. So when you are in exco, you are entitled to officially bid for a number, or the state government will give you a number. (When Leow fumbles Boss rescues by hedging too)
Journalist: Does that mean that when you are allowed to bid, you have to use your own money to bid?
Chua: No, the government allows you to allocate you a number, you can ask for a number. Of course you cannot go and bid number one lah. (any of you understand what he is saying?)
Journalist: I’m referring to a Sin Chew report today, they interviewed an official from the Ministry of Finance who said there is no such allocation for ministry -
Liow: There’s no need for allocation, it’s the eligibility of the minister. There’s no need for allocation at all. (He is clearly in a fix!)
But numbers to me are not important, I think most important is the service to people. For us it is more important to carry out work efficiently. (LANCHEOW….what are you doing about THIS in Sarawak????)
Any number, I’m using (inaudible) any my car is using any number can use the car, it’s not important to me. So doesn’t matter whether I get the 15, or 200, or 1,000. It doesn’t matter to me. More important thing is the official car and we can use the car to serve the people.
Journalist: Why use your own name to bid?
Liow: Well I’m the minister of health...
Journalist: Is that a normal practice?
Liow: It’s a normal practice, yes, maybe it creates a lot of confusion, it’s better that I clarify and let the public know.
Journalist: Was it worth it to use RM20,000 to bid a plate number?
Liow: No because we do not know the cost. For me when I applied we did not know the cost. It just happened that I need the numbers, I need the car that’s all. I did not know the cost.
Journalist: But normally when we bid we need to pay to bid, right?
Liow: No, as explained earlier, this is the eligibility of a minister, official car, that’s all. Even Lim Guan Eng also has one of this kind of official car. So every… either state of federal as explained by my president just now… (Guan Eng is given the number by virtue of him being the CM….he did not bid for it. WWW15 bid was fixed at RM20K, bozo!....just wondering where the money came from?????)
Chua: At the state level the excos are also entitled to one car, err, to a number.
Journalist: Does the number 15 mean anything special to you?
Liow: (Pauses) well, just because my grandfather is using this number (on his car). Nothing special, there’s no special meaning to this number. It is just a number. That’s why I said to this number, it’s nothing special.
(Has to be SPECIAL because it cost 24K Ringgit….when big money is involved it must be special….ask your colleague from across the South China Sea why it cost more than a million ringgit for regular DIPS….because dips according to how special comes with a special price. Can’t make it any clearer!)
Journalist: But if its nothing special then no need to bid for the number plate -
Liow: Nothing special, I just need a number.
(OK, I GIVE YOU ALL THESE NUMBERS! NO NEED TO THANK ME…from my left hand to your right hand! YOU CAN GIVE C4 TO YOUR BOSS)
Journalist: Can be any number what -
Liow: [inaudible] That’s why I said, it can be any number, it can be any number, so I just choose the number and that’s it.
Journalist: But you don’t have to spend so much money on this number if any (number) is ok.
Liow: I’m okay with any number, yes.
Journalist: But then why spend RM24,000 on this particular bid.
Liow: No, just because it just happens that I need to change the car, that’s why I need a number.
DEAR READER….if I were you I will stop reading any further as you may lose your appetite for dinner. These two are certified clowns!
Journalist: Why not retain the car number plate from the previous car?
Liow: No, they’ve change the new car, the old car is still there, I cannot change the number.
Chua: Those are official cars, those numbers don’t belong to him actually.
Journalist: What happens to those old official cars?
Chua: Another person will use it, he cannot just transfer the number just like that.
Journalist: Back to the car plate number, some processes to clarify. What you are trying to say is if you buy a new car, you must bid for a new car plate number, you cannot use an old car plate number for a new car...
Liow: Because that’s old official car, I... umm, I’m, I’m…
Chua: You must understand, when it’s a ministry car, the car does not belong to him, you understand or not?
Journalist: Now that the number has been allocated, the RM24,200 comes from the ministry?
Liow: No no no, not allocated by ministry.
Journalist:Then where does it come from?
Chua: This is a question of the money from the left hand going to the right hand. Because all money goes to the government consolidated fund from any ministry.
Journalist: So you’re saying its just one ministry to another department?
Chua: Ahh... it’s just left hand to right to be honest.
Journalist: Can I say number 15 is your favourite number?
Liow: I said earlier any number will do, I have no specific numbers. It just happened that I choose 15 it doesn’t mean that it’s the favourite numbers.
NOTE: CEE LIOW is Hokkien for KAPUT.....ALREADY CERTIFIED AND CONFIRMED DEAD.