JOHOR BARU: Toll money collected from the Causeway should be partly channelled towards road maintenance in the city, particularly in patching up potholes.
Public Accounts Committee chairman Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad said Plus, the concessionaire for the Causeway, raked in a lot of money and a portion of it could be used for maintaining the Causeway.
“I do not think it takes that much to maintain the Causeway. Where does the remaining funds go to?
“Previously, when Plus was operating both the Causeway and the Senai toll, it maintained the whole stretch between the two areas,” he said, adding that Plus now only maintained the Causeway after toll was abolished at Senai.
“I think we are getting a raw deal as Plus is not required to maintain any other roads in Johor,” Shahrir said, adding that some roads were maintained by the Federal Government and municipalities.
The Star recently reported that a man, who was fed-up with the increasing number of potholes all over the city especially during the recent rainy season, had taken it upon himself to cover up the potholes.
An official from Johor Baru Tengah City Council said that one of the main problems the council faced was lack of funding.
“We are aware of the many roads with potholes under our jurisdiction but we are doing patch up jobs slowly due to lack of funds,” he said, adding that the council was in the process of getting additional allocations.
Johor Baru City Council public relations officer Lokman Sulaiman said the council had responded to complaints by patching some potholes at certain areas in the city.
“We are first targeting areas with the worst cases,” added Lokman.
The Star has been swamped with calls about potholes especially around the Pasir Gudang highway, Desa Skudai and the Plentong area.
Other affected areas are around Batu Pahat, Kota Tinggi, Mersing, Pontian, Segamat, Kluang Muar.