Archive for February 28th, 2009

Singh is Kinng

A whiff of Bollywood may do Malaysian politics good — especially in the wake of the Academy Award-winning ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. After all, aren’t plots and sub-plots the very ingredients that make up both Bollywood and Malaysian politics?  

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Highway hitch

So the decision to approve toll increases for five of Malaysia’s highways, which were to have taken effect today, has been revoked by the government.

The five affected highways are North-South Expressway (Plus), Sprint Highway (Sprint), Ampang Elevated Highway (Akleh), Sungai Besi Highway (Besraya) and New Pantai Expressway (NEP).

Is this good news for the ordinary Malaysians who are now facing the ravages of recession? Not really. This is because they, as taxpayers, are paying indirectly to the toll concessionaires. It was reported that “With the 10-month delay, the government will have to pay RM287 million in compensation to the five toll concessionaires.”

This government’s U-turn in its toll decision only triggers off speculations, one of which is that all highways in Malaysia for the moment lead to Bukit Selambau and Bukit Gantang.