PETALING JAYA: Following the Government’s bid to acquire four highway concessionaires, MCA asks if Pakatan Harapan will honour its promise of abolishing all toll charges made in the run up to the 14th General Election.
MCA president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said that Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng should announce the timetable for the abolition of all toll charges, especially for the North-South Expressway, to prove that the promise of abolition of toll charges before the election was not to deceive voters.
“Does it mean that the abolition of toll charges of the North-South Expressway, which the DAP had promised at many ceramah before the election, will no longer be fulfilled? Instead, is it going to be replaced by congestion charges which is merely a rebranding exercise?” he said in a statement on Saturday night.
Lim had said that the government has made a RM6.2bil bid to take over four highway concessionaires – a deal that would save RM5.3bil in compensation to the concessionaires.
The four are Lebuhraya Damansara-Puching (LDP), Sistem Penyuraian Trafik KL Barat (Sprint), Lebuhraya Shah Alam (Kesas) and Smart Tunnel (Smart).
The takeover would be financed through a special purpose vehicle company under the Minister of Finance.
The government announced in February its intention to acquire the four highways as part of its election promise.