Friday, 27 February 2009

Toll hike postponed indefinitely

The toll hike for five major highways that was set to take place on Sunday has been postponed indefinitely.

Works Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohammed said the decision was made due to the negative public reaction and the current economic situation, the Star reports.

“As a result, the Cabinet decided today (Friday) to postpone the toll hike indefinitely,” he told a press conference at the Works Ministry here on Friday.

The five affected highways are North-South Expressway (Plus), Sprint Highway (Sprint), Ampang Elevated Highway (Akleh), Sungai Besi Highway (Besraya) and New Pantai Expressway (NEP).

The toll hike, had it taken place, would have increased toll rates on the North-South Expressway by 0.68sen per km; the Sprint Highway by between 30sen and 50sen; the Sungai Besi Highway (Besraya) by 10sen; the Ampang-Kuala Lmpur Elevated Highway (Akleh) by 50sen and the New Pantai Expressway (NPE) by 40sen.

The announcement yesterday was met with strong opposition from consumer groups, lorry and bus associations as well as Members of Parliament from both sides of the House.

They said it was not a good time to increase toll rates considering the economic situation.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is in Thailand for the Asean Defence Ministers meeting, had also asked for the decision to be reconsidered.


Siti Evalina Mustika said...

Alamak... UMNO dah dekat nak krisis ni!


Karpal Singh telah memberi pita rakaman Ketua Hakim yang mengaku rasuah kepada Agong!!

Lihat di sini.


Speaker Perak V. Sivakumar telah meminta agar sidang tergempar Dewan Undangan Perak diadakan pada hari Selasa untuk mengundi usul percaya/tidak percaya kepada Dato' Seri Nizar dan usul memansuhkan Dewan!

Lihat di sini.

Anonymous said...

Is this an election gimmick? Rakyat not stupid anymore lor. Cheap tactic, ma!

aku said...

Either way, the rakyats are the losers. The compensation will come from the taxpayers' money to pay to the concessionaires for the loss income as a result of the toll hike deferment.

Tak masuk akal. Bodoh betul!

mat bond said...

Postponed indefinitely after the hue and cry from the public. What lah. Did the gomen think about the repercussion before announcing the hike? Apa punya government ni?