KUALA LUMPUR: Touch 'n Go has been urged to do away altogether with the 10% parking surcharge and the 50sen top-up fee imposed on consumers.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the government should intervene to get both surcharges abolished as they are a burden to the people.
"Why is the 50sen top-up surcharge imposed at certain places but not elsewhere?
"Why doesn’t the government intervene and recommend that the 50sen surcharge not be imposed?" the Ayer Hitam MP asked in a supplementary question at the Dewan Rakyat Wednesday (Nov 6).
He pointed out that the answer given by Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Chong Chieng Jen was inconsistent with calls to do away with the surcharges.
"How can you say that the 10% parking surcharge is not a burden to consumers?" he asked.
And instead of encouraging consumers to use cashless payments, he said they were being charged an additional 10% parking surcharge when using the card payment method.
In a Facebook posting later Wednesday, Dr Wee chided Chong for taking the easy way out by blaming the previous administration when replying to issues raised in Parliament.
"Pakatan Harapan said that they are a government that listens to the voices of the people.
"But are they aware that #MansuhkanTouchnGo is being hotly discussed by the rakyat on social media?" he asked.
On Wednesday, Chong told the Dewan Rakyat that there were 11,168 Touch 'n Go top-up facilities nationwide, of which 2,880 did not impose the 50sen surcharge.
Chong also said the 10% parking surcharges would be done away with gradually for Touch n' Go card users.
The contractual terms for the surcharges had been imposed during the previous administration, he said.
He said the company operating Touch n' Go would not include the surcharge in future contracts or when renewing contracts with parking operators.