SELANGOR MCA Public Complaints Bureau (PCB) has challenged the Selangor government to first reduce the RM2.50 toll rate at the Shah Alam Expressway (Kesas) at the Subang Jaya toll plaza to RM1.75 before making promises for the general election manisfesto to abolish toll nationwide.
Its deputy chairman, Kelvin Chong, lambasted Selangor that had a 30% stake in the highway firm through its business arm Selangor Development Corporation Board (PKNS) to be sincere in its promises and start with the toll in Subang Jaya.
Last week, at the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Convention in Penang, its leaders promised in their manisfesto for 13th general election that the coalition would abolish toll nationwide within 100 days if the coalition was given the mandate to control Putrajaya.
The Kesas highway serves as a major inter-urban expressway connecting major industrial and residential areas in Kuala Lumpur, Cheras, Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Shah Alam and Klang, ending at the access road to Westport.
“PR leaders must be sincere in their promises. In fact, the Selangor government must give the 30% reduction for the Subang Jaya toll if PR leaders meant what was listed in the manifesto,” he said.
Chong said the Pakatan leaders should stop their slew of promises and not cheat the people in the same manner in the March 2008 general election where it failed to give the 20% reduction in assessment for Selangor.
“Most people who supported the Pakatan coalition have realised that the opposition parties’ popularity has faded and its march to Putrajaya has gone off course.
“Now Pakatan is making attempts to revive their struggle but no one will be cheated this time around,” said Chong, who is also the coordination and development officer (PJ South) from the Prime Minister’s Office.
PJ South Umno division chief Raja Datuk Hanipuddin Raja Datuk Nong Chik advised the people to support the federal government based on its good track record of bringing development to the people.
“We must understand that the federal government has created numerous welfare programmes to uplift the socio-economic status of the poor through its 1Malaysia concept.
“People should not be taken in with Pakatan’s bubbly slogans where at the end of the day the promises are unrealistic,” he said.
Hanipuddin added that PR leaders were trying to work on the people’s minds on the abolishment of toll nationwide but not seeing the total economy.
“On our side we are concerned on the socio-economic status of the people. Recently, we had submitted a memorandum to Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor to remove the NPE toll plaza leading to Taman Medan and Taman Sri Manja as it was a financial burden for most of the residents who earn below RM1,800,” he said.
Hanipuddin added that if the ministry was unable to remove the toll plaza then the second option was to reduce the toll rate as the area had many schools, places of worship and was a main thoroughfare leading to offices.