Deputy Minister of Transport, Datuk Aziz Kaprawi FILE PIX: SAFWAN MANSOR, 05 OCTOBER 2016

By Muhamad Izwan Mohd Zubit

KUALA LUMPUR – The government has given its guarantee that the Express Rail Link (ERL) fares from KL Sentral Station to the KLIA/KLIA2 will not be increased for the next 15 years, said the Deputy Minister of Transport, Datuk Aziz Kaprawi.

Aziz explained that the government has stopped the fare increment of ERL throughout the 15 years prior to this, until it is being revised by putting a ceiling price for the service. The fares increased by RM20 last year.

“We have made a revision. We did not allow ERL to increase its fare prior to this until 2016.

“After almost 15 years in operation, we took a new approach by deregulating the service,” he told the Dewan Rakyat (Houses of Representatives) today.

Aziz added that the government will not pay any compensation to the concession following the measure by extending the concession to 30 years despite the ERL could make the claims.

“The government will not pay any compensation after this as we have already given them the ceiling price. Just like the previous 15 years, we will not allow any more fare increment in the future.

“ERL could apply for the compensation, but we extended the concession to 30 years,” he said.

Besides that, Aziz also emphasized that after the concession ends in 2029, the government will no longer pay ERL as they would only implement the ceiling price.

ERL passengers need to pay RM55 per trip from KL Sentral to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) beginning 1 January 2016.

The statement mentioned that the fare revision was approved by the government through the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) in accordance to Section 120 of the Land Public Transport Act 2010 (Act 714).

Previously, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak blamed the administration of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the cause of the increment of ERL fare.

Najib said that the agreement was signed in 1997 under the administration of the then Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir.

Najib also said that he had been trying to stop the ERL fare increment for 14 years and if the fare is not being increase, the government need to pay a compensation of RM2.9 billion. – MalaysiaGazette

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