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Saturday, 2 August 2014

Wee comes up with a win-win situation

YONG PENG: The new toll at the CIQ complex should be included to the proposed levy for foreign-registered vehicles entering Malaysia via Johor as a one-off fee, said MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.

Dr Wee, who is also Johor MCA chairman, said the state leadership had discussed the matter and came up with the suggestion during a meeting here yesterday.

Such a move, he said, could be a win-win situation and would be a more effective solution as Johoreans had reacted badly to the new toll.

Since the Prime Minister announced that the levy would be imposed soon, Dr Wee said part of the fees collected could be channelled into the maintenance of the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) and some to the state government for the upkeep of roads in the city centre.

“We think that this is a reasonable move as Singapore is also charging each foreign-registered vehicle a Vehicle Entry Permit of S$35 (RM90). However, a more in-depth study has to be carried out as we need to find out the average number of foreign-registered cars entering Malaysia daily,” Dr Wee, who is Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said.

In Johor Baru, state Opposition leader Dr Boo Cheng Hau said that DAP had no hand in orchestrating or organising the blockade at the CIQ yesterday.

“We do not have this kind of influence,” he said, adding that he reached the area at about 7.45am after receiving a call on the incident 15 minutes earlier.

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Tags / Keywords: Courts Crime , CIQ , MCA , toll , EDL , MRCB


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