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So the decision to approve toll increases for five of Malaysia’s highways, which were to have taken effect today, has been revoked by the government.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


3 Responses to “Highway hitch”

  1. 1 FAIRPLAY10 28 February 2009 at 11:37 am

    I am no sure as a Taxpayer how the Govt. can still honour the cooked-up agreement with the Highway concessionaires. At a time of recession, the tax money from the already depleted coffers can still be paid as compensation. You mean to say that without the compensation, the Highway operators will fail like all other GLC ventures? This is really sucking the last drop from the Rakyat.

  2. 2 chong 28 February 2009 at 10:08 pm

    the funniest part is our flip flop doolah as if he didn’t know the government plan to increase the toll price… what a joke.

  3. 3 Samuel Goh Kim Eng 28 February 2009 at 10:15 pm


    The problem is merely postponed
    But it is still not solved
    Will it be somehow quietly siphoned
    And the matter is considered dissolved

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 270209
    Fri. 27th Feb. 2009.

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