BALAKONG: MCA by-election candidate Tan Chee Teong has accused Deputy Works Minister Mohd Anuar Tahir of trying to confuse voters by producing statements on tolls conflicting with Works Minister Baru Bian.
"To help the Pakatan Harapan candidate Wong Siew Ki win, Anuar Tahir is willing to trick Balakong residents.
"He said the federal government will abolish tolls in stages, but this conflicts with Baru's statement," Tan said in a press statement yesterday.
He explained that around the time of Anuar's constituency walkabout with Wong in Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, Baru had made a comment that the Works Ministry had not studied the issue yet, and no decision had been made.
Tan also cited a reply by Baru on Aug 13 in Parliament stating that the country's finances were not good enough to pay for the RM400bil compensation needed for abolishing tolls, and that the plan would be put on hold.
"Then on Aug 28, Anuar Tahir says the abolition would be done in stages, but Baru says on the same day that no study has been done," Tan stated.
"It's regrettable that to win this by-election, they would sacrifice their integrity," he said, adding that his opponent Wong should have taken Anuar to task for misleading Balakong residents.