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Published: Saturday December 14, 2013 MYT 8:43:00 PM
Updated: Saturday December 14, 2013 MYT 8:48:56 PM

Toll rate hike next year unavoidable, was due for revision in 2011, says Abdul Wahid

Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar.

Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar.

KUALA LUMPUR: A hike in toll rates next year is unavoidable as it is an express condition in the concession agreement between the Government and highway concession companies.

According to Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar the toll rate should have been revised in 2011, as stated in the concession agreement.

"However, the rate was maintained, and the government had to fork out RM400mil in compensation from taxpayers' money, which could have been used for other purposes. Now it's time to fulfill the condition," he told reporters after presenting prizes to winners of a colouring and drawing competition held in conjunction with the Parliament Building's 50th anniversary celebration here Saturday.

He said the hike was a fair measure for taxpayers, coupled with the fact that highways were alternative routes which they do not use every day.

Word of the proposed toll rate increase followed Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof's statement that it would be revised next year to comply with the agreement between the government and the highway concessionaires. - Bernama

Tags / Keywords: Transportation, Highway, Toll Rates, Abdul Wahid Omar

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