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Friday, 1 August 2014

NGO: Defer new toll rates at complex

JOHOR BARU: An NGO has called on the Government to delay the charging of new toll rates at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex in view of widespread dissatisfaction among users.

Gabungan Tolak EDL 2.0 representative Steven Choong said the NGO hoped that the Government would listen to the people.

“We want the authorities to be transparent about the reason behind the (toll) increase and allow stakeholders, NGOs, politicians from both sides of the divide and others to discuss the matter before implementation,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters before the group held a flash mob at the intersection along the Inner Ring Road leading to the CIQ on Wednesday.

The group held up placards and encouraged motorists to sound the horn if they agreed with their cause.

The flash mob lasted for about half an hour before members quietly dispersed.

Choong said the group would continue to pursue the matter even if the Government decided to go through with the implementation of the toll from today.

“We will continue to highlight the voice of the people and may even consider taking legal action upon analysing the concession agreement on the toll,” he said.

The new toll rates at the CIQ have become a hot topic of discussion due to the massive increase – about four times what users used to pay. Many are also unhappy that no explanation has been provided on how the authorities decided on how much to collect.

Tags / Keywords: Family Community , PKR , flash mob , CIQ , EDL


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