Toll abolition a step towards fulfilling GE14 manifesto

By BERNAMA / Pic By TMR

The abolition of the toll collection for motorcyclists on three routes effective last night is part of government’s move to fulfil Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto in the 14th General Election (GE14), said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

He said the move is a step towards abolishing toll collection completely.

“But we have to accept the fact that the country’s financial position due to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd scandal does not allow us to implement the move (abolition) immediately. This is what we are working on, but we are now ready to restore our fiscal position first.

“We are not saying that now we have removed the toll collection for motorcyclists, that’s it. No, we will continue to work (abolishing tolls). If the fiscal position is better than expected, there could be more good news,” he told reporters after launching the upgrading of the elevator project at the Bukit Gelugor Customs Housing, Penang, yesterday.

During the tabling of the 2019 budget, Lim announced that the government would abolish the toll collection for motorcyclists on Penang’s first and second bridges, and the Second Link Expressway, Tanjung Kupang Toll Plaza near Gelang Patah, Johor, beginning Jan 1, 2019, with a financial implication of about RM20 million a year.

Lim, who is also Bagan MP, said he is confident the country’s fiscal position will recover within the next three years and he hopes the people will be patient and trust the Pakatan Harapan government to revive the country’s economy.

Asked whether the government would abolish the toll collection after the three-year period, he said the government would continue working towards the goal. — Bernama