By Nizam Zain
KUALA LUMPUR – The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government would have to bear the cost of more than RM400 billion if the toll abolishment contained in the 14th General Election (GE14) manifesto is implemented now.
The Minister of Works, Baru Bian said that the government has decided to delay the abolishment of toll until the national economic situation stabilises.
“I have informed the Dewan Rakyat before this, an estimation of RM400 billion is required to implement the toll abolishment.
“After considering that main factor, the government has decided to postpone the toll abolishment until the national economic situation permits and stabilises,” he answered the questions of Datuk Jalaluddin Alias (Jelebu-BN) at the Dewan Rakyat today.
Baru Bian (Selangau – PH) said, the government admitted that it was not easy to fulfil the GE14 Manifesto, especially on the proposal to abolish toll.
“The government is always trying our best to fulfil our promises in the PH Manifesto book, including the abolishment of toll in the country.
“However, we admit that the proposal is not easy to be implemented due to the current financial situation faced by the government,” he said.
He said, the government, through the Cost of Living Council, will consider other proposals to reduce the cost of living of the people before toll abolishment which will be implemented in the future.
“The government has studied and taken deep considerations into various factors and implications which may happen due to the proposal of the toll abolishment in the country.
“At the same time, the government, through the Cost of Living Council will look into other more practical options which can be beneficial in reducing the burdens of the people wholesomely,” he added. -MalaysiaGazette