Abolishing tolls work in Pakatan’s favour, says Shah Alam MP
PETALING JAYA: Putrajaya’s decision to abolish toll charges at Batu Tiga and Sungai Rasau won’t affect Pakatan Harapan’s chances of retaining the Shah Alam seat.
Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad told FMT getting rid of the two tolls would leave people wanting more.
“It’s going to set the tone for 2018 and people will see this as the beginning of change.
“When you abolish the tolls, everyone feels the happiness and freedom that they will feel when they are free of Barisan Nasional (BN),” he said.
The decision to abolish both tolls was announced in October by Prime Minister Najib Razak when he tabled the 2018 Budget.
Khalid said the abolition of the two tolls just went to show that the federal government had been giving lame excuses all this while whenever the opposition asked for tolls to be abolished.
“It shows the people that it can be done if the government leaders want to put their minds to it.”
He claimed the fact that toll rates had been going up as time went on did not make any sense as toll rates were supposed to be at their most expensive early on.
“The normal practice of toll collection is that it is high in the beginning so that you can get your return on investment (ROI). After you get your ROI, it’s supposed to go down as all that’s left is to pay for maintenance.
“It goes down to the point where you can even just charge maintenance by including it in the road tax of vehicles. But in Malaysia, the toll charges just keep going up and up and this doesn’t make any sense.”
Last month, the New Straits Times quoted Shah Alam Umno division chief Azhari Shaari as saying suggestions to stop toll collections had been brought up by BN over the past 10 years and its efforts peaked in 2014.
So true, the people are fed up with tolls, GST, excesses of BN govt. Let the PH take over the Federal govt. and abolish tolls, GST, and other excesses. This can be done as long as corruption is kept at bay. The BN says they need 40 billion to run the country. But the only need 30% of this amount as the rest goes to their excesses (projects and purchases) - projects that require 2.5 times more than the original cost, Those who do these projects will make great profits already as these projects are not OPEN TENDER, so to increase it just to enrich the elite at the rakyat's expense. So if we do the maths tolls and GST can be abolished!