PETALING JAYA: The extension of the Federal Highway route 2 (FHR2) toll concession agreement is to keep the toll rates of the North-South Expressway (Plus) low and affordable said Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.
"The toll at the FHR2 is extended for the benefit of all the PLUS highways users in the country, not just the ones using the Federal Highway," he said, commenting on a statement released Saturday by the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) explaining the extension.
He added that the toll rate on FHR2 has remained lower that that stipulated in the original agreement.
"As explained in LLM's statement, through the restructuring of the toll rates, the toll at Batu Tiga toll is RM1.10 instead of RM2.40 as stated in the original concession agreement," he said.
LLM had also said that the restructuring is in line with the Government's effort to reduce the financial burden on road users nationwide.
"For example, toll rates at PLUS were increased 10% every three years, but now it is 5% over the same period," said the statement.
Recent reports of the extension of FHR2's concession agreement has had politicians and lawmakers question the reason behind the move, including Batu Tiga PKR assemblyman Rodziah Ismail and Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad.