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Published: Sunday December 15, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday December 15, 2013 MYT 1:05:09 PM

Minister: Toll rate hike unavoidable

Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar

Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar

KUALA LUMPUR: The impending toll rate hike next year is unavoidable as it is an express condition in the concession agreement between the Government and highway concessionaires, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar.

He said the toll rate should have been revised in 2011, as stated in the concession agreement.

“However, as the rate was maintained, the government had to fork out RM400mil in compensation from taxpayers’ money, which could have been used for other purposes.

“And now, it’s time (again) to fulfil the condition,” he told reporters after presenting prizes to winners of a drawing competition held in conjunction with the Parliament building’s 50th anniversary celebration here yesterday.

Wahid said the toll hike was therefore a fair measure for taxpayers, coupled with the fact that highways were alternative routes which they don’t use every day.

Talk about the proposed toll rate increase started following Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof’s statement that it would be revised next year to comply with the agreement between the government and the concessionaires.

A newspaper reported that the increase involving 13 highways would likely be between 30 sen and RM1.

Meanwhile, Abdul Wahid said the inaugural celebration on the Parliament building gave the public an opportunity to take a closer look at the uniqueness of the building’s architecture, which made it one of the icons in the federal capital.

“This celebration is also to correct public perception that the Parliament building is a restricted area when it is actually open to visitors who obtain prior permission by writing in, as well as through activities such as this,” he said. — Bernama

Tags / Keywords: Transport & Safety, Wahid Omar

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