Pakatan failed to keep pledge to abolish tolls, says Umno


PETALING JAYA: The Pakatan Harapan government has failed to fulfil its pledge to fully abolish tolls, says Umno Strategic Commu­nications Unit.

It said the hopes of the people to enjoy toll-free highways were dashed as the Government has only halved the toll fares for the two days before Hari Raya Aidilfitri (June 13-14).

“This is clearly in conflict with Pakatan’s manifesto, which pledged to abolish tolls nationwide to ­alleviate the burden of the rakyat,” it said in a statement yesterday.

The statement said millions of road users have to fork out money for tolls, and it would be burdensome, especially for the lower-­income group and those who have to travel long distances.

The statement said the Government may have realised that the abolition of tolls is “unrealistic and hard to implement”.

It added that it may be that the Government is still searching for concrete financial solutions should the tolls be abolished.

“It also shows that their manifesto pledges are only empty promises to bring in votes,” it said.

The statement also said the abolition of tolls would impact some RM53bil worth of bonds and Islamic bonds or sukuk issued by road concessionaires, citing a report by ­credit rating agency RAM Ratings.

It questioned how the Govern­ment can expect to bear the cost of clearing the debt owed to these concessionaires, and also how future highways would be funded.

“How can the construction of future highways, like the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Expressway (SUKE) under the firm Prolintas, be continued without toll collection?” the statement said, adding that the project would cost about RM48bil.

The statement said that most Malaysians understand the need for concessionaires to collect tolls due to the high costs involved for the land transfer, the construction of the highway and repair works.

“They are comfortable using toll roads to get to their destinations, as they understand it is built for their convenience,” it added.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Politics , highway , toll , road concessionaire , umno

   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In Nation

Disciplinary action taken against 6,000 cops for various misconducts since 2016, says Bukit Aman
Ismail Sabri: Mandatory screening required for all 1.7 million foreign workers in Malaysia
Ismail Sabri: Enhanced MCO to be enforced in two areas in Kulim and Tuaran on Friday (Nov 27)
QS Rankings: UM in Asia's top 10, other universities did well too
Penang govt still waiting for lab test results on oil spill incident at Paramount fishing area
Covid-19: Five new clusters, four new deaths
Covid-19: 970 new cases, four fatalities
Covid-19: Cases up by 970, bringing total to 59,817 (updated daily)
Teen rescued after jumping off bridge near KK
Human Resources Ministry: Employers entitled to Socso subsidies for foreign workers' Covid-19 tests

Stories You'll Enjoy