The ridiculous claims that Maseratis will be sold for more than K1 million and the Bentley for K2.3 million is ‘absolute rubbish!’
MANY lies have been circulated on social media by the Opposition about the purchase of APEC leaders’ vehicles, says APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko.
He said the vehicles that were selected, and approved by the National Executive Council, were made after consideration of previous vehicles used by APEC hosts including Audis and BMWs, as well as other suitable vehicles including Mercedes Benz and the wide wheelbase Range Rover.
“The Range Rover had been identified, and when these became unavailable, the next most cost-effective option presented for the volume required for the main vehicle was the Maserati.
“The Maserati would be the vehicle utilised by heads of government, and the Bentley, as a higher level of vehicle, would be utilised by heads of state.”
Mr Tkatchenko said in previous major international meetings held in Papua New Guinea, the government had acquired vehicles for sale to the private sector.
This includes the two previous African, Caribbean and Pacific Leaders’ summits, and Pacific Island Leaders’ Forum.
He said the selection of the Italian-made Maserati and English-made Bentley motor vehicles was approved by NEC for use by APEC leaders and to be on-sold to the private sector.
A number of expressions of interest have been made and this process will be advanced independently through the Central Supply and Tenders Board for final sale, Mr Tkatchenko said.
“The ridiculous claims that Maserati will be sold for more than K1 million and the Bentley for K2.3 million is absolute rubbish and Mr Kramer should stop putting out lies.
“The reality is that the Maserati vehicles will be sold for less than a Toyota Land Cruiser VX.”
To put this into perspective, he said:
“It is time for this desperate member of the opposition to be honest and only deal in fact, not try to mislead people on social media as he has been doing.
“APEC in Papua New Guinea is a proud achievement in our country, and it is time to look beyond nonsense.”